[Posted Feb. 17, 2017] The exterior scaffolds have been removed and the interior work on the massive Collins & Katz Family YMCA is continuing with opening expected in April.
The work has been held back slightly because of the heavy rains in the area, but the pouring of the pools is continuing and the installation of the elegant copper roof is proceeding.
As noted by the project architects, Gonzalez Goodale, “the facility will provide 70,000 sq. ft. of athletic space including a rooftop running track, pool, and joint-use gym and locker rooms to be shared with the neighboring Los Angeles Unified School District University High School.”
Once complete and opened, Uni students will be able to use the facility during school hours, alongside the YMCA members, with underground parking available. The new facility, which replaces – and triples the size of – the Westside Family Y on Sawtelle Boulevard, continues a tradition of YMCA facilities on the Westside since 1941. You can see 30-second time-lapse video of the building process here.
Beyond the building itself, the partnership program is a critical element for the future. According to the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles, “This partnership with LAUSD is a model for future collaborations of public, private, and non-profit organizations meeting the community’s needs as public schools are reducing or eliminating youth programs and activities.”
You can see the progress yourself by driving or walking by the construction site at the corner of Westgate and Ohio Avenues. It’s impressive!