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River Parishes YMCA




New Wine Christian Fellowship                                   Neil Bernard, Pastor

River Parishes YMCA                                                        Lou Johnson, Program Manager




Convert an existing commercial big box retail store into a YMCA multi-use facility.




This was a major renovation.  The goal was the adaptive resuse of an existing K-Mart retail center into a new 80,000 sf YMCA.


Additionally, the clients were environmentally conscious and requested an energy efficient design that could be certified as a LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) building throught the U.S. Green Building Council.




The creativity and innovation of the BBI Architects' team was in full display with this project.  The design was very well received by the clients.  The previous existence of the original building as a retail center was completely converted in the new design, while utilizing all of the available space and achieving design standards that would allow the building to achieve "Gold" LEED certification.  The team made abundant use of natural light for the interior spaces.


The program was able to incorporate the following features in the design:


  • Youth areas - recreation areas segmented by age

  • Wellness Center - weight training, aerobics, yoga, dance studios

  • Gymnasium - 3 basketball courts with adaptive repurpose capabilities

  • Indoor jogging track

  • Natatorium with 8 meters, six lane lap pool

  • Outdoor recreation pool & kiddie pool

  • Adult (Men & Women) and Child (Girls & Boys) locker rooms with sauna, whirlpool

  • Special needs locker rooms & facilities

  • Steam rooms

  • Childcare areas with outdoor play

  • Multi-purpose rooms - classroom, studio, meetings, etc.

  • Computer Lab area

  • Administrative offices/spaces - offices, conference room, open office area

  • Lobby area with snack bar