KFI has performed multiple projects for the YMCA organization across Minnesota and North Dakota. Projects have included new construction, additions, and remodels. For the projects listed below, KFI provided the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing design.
This new state of the art facility, which replaced the 60-year-old existing YMCA, serves as a wellness center for families in the St. Paul and surrounding areas – promoting youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The two-story building is comprised of fitness areas, gymnasiums, racquetball courts, yoga rooms, a pool area including a lap pool, water slide, wading area, and a vortex pool. The facility also has a unique wellness kitchen and café where healthy cooking classes are held.
The systems serving the building are primarily rooftop air handling units utilizing DX cooling and variable air volume units with hot water reheat. Heat is provided through high-efficiency gas boilers. Sensible energy recovery systems were installed for the natatorium and locker room areas where there is a high demand for ventilation. These efficient systems resulted in an approximate 35% peak energy reduction.
The project was complete in early 2016 and named one of Finance and Commerce’s 2015 Top Projects.
KFI provided mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering services for the new YMCA facility in Forest Lake. The facility includes an expansive fitness center, a walking path, multiple studios, an aquatic center with a lap pool, a warm water leisure pool with fun interactive water features including a 12’ water slide, a whirlpool, and contemporary male and female locker rooms. The building also houses a Kid’s Stuff area that includes a two-story space to accommodate a multi-level play structure, a lobby and gathering area, administration area, and surface parking.
The facility incorporates gas-DX air handling units to provide heating and cooling for the building. The natatorium is served by a custom dedicated air handling unit with a run-around loop energy recovery unit between the outside air and exhaust air streams. The remainder of the building is served by a variable air volume system. Now complete, the facility offers many innovative programs to help Forest Lake children, teens, adults, and families stay fit and grow.
After being plagued by mechanical issues for years, it was time to renovate the aquatic center within the Fercho “Y”. The facility had undergone multiple additions and renovations in the past, but the pool portion of the building remained largely unchanged since its 1961 construction. KFI was brought-in to provide the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering for the complex renovation and addition to the aquatic center.
The newly created pool space is approximately 10,000 square feet and includes a new zero-entry pool, lap pool, pool equipment room, viewing area, party room, office spaces, storage spaces, and a path of egress with secondary viewing area overlooking the pool space. In addition to the new spaces, the existing pool area was modernized with new finishes, lighting, and mechanical equipment. The separation wall between the two pool areas was converted to glass and continues to separate the two spaces. The project was complete in August 2016.
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