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The New Jackson YMCA Updates the Design and Construction Timeline


The new Jackson YMCA’s site preparation will begin in the coming weeks. 

Jackson YMCA is ready to move forward with its project to bring a new facility to the area after surpassing the campaign goal of raising $25 million to build a new facility. 

Two smaller buildings on West Wesley and Mechanic Streets will be demolished, and other site work will begin as crews prepare for facility construction to begin in the spring of 2023. 

The project is scheduled to be finished by late 2024. 

Jackson YMCA CEO Shawna Tello said “A great deal of work has been happening behind the scenes this summer, and it’s exciting to now be able to share plans for the new Y. The facility will be accessible for those with limited mobility, feature open sightlines, and enable us to not only provide our current programs and services but also expand our offerings to better serve the community.” 

The Jackson YMCA announced in late 2021 that it would transition from all-new construction to a hybrid of new construction and redevelopment of the existing facility. The updates include increased natural light and a new children’s area. 

YMCA officials previously stated that they intend to add approximately 30,000 square feet to the east side of the building to increase usable space. The current YMCA is 65,000 square feet in size, with approximately 55,000 square feet of usable space. 

YMCA Board of Directors selected Bergmann as the YMCA’s Architect/Engineer and Granger Construction Co. as the project’s construction manager after consulting with its campaign building and design committee. Working closely with Gro Development Inc., a pioneer in the creation, design, and administration of YMCAs and other community-based facilities, the committee, and both companies 

Key Features of The New Jackson YMCA Facility 

  • Natural light streams in through windows overlooking the parking lot in the wellness center, as well as windows and a viewing area overlooking the pools. 
  • New Kids’ Area: The current climbing wall space will be doubled to include a new play space and a closer look at the first floor. Equipment for kids; additionally, plans call for an outdoor play structure. 
  • A youth STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) lab, along with authorized childcare. 
  • An improved Aquatics Center with updated equipment and better lighting/accessibility. 

The Y’s Building and Design team is continuing to collaborate with Bergmann and Gro Development Inc., a leader in YMCA design and development, to develop the new facility’s branding, fit, and finish. 

According to Bergmann executive director Buddy Huyler. ‘The project is about creating a space that fosters connection and support that provides the necessary health and wellness and family services that will enable the people of Jackson to thrive for decades to come.’ 

‘This new facility will be designed to provide programs and services to ALL.’ 

According to Jeff Havranek, senior project manager for Granger, ‘during the past two years, the US construction industry has been hammered by enormous material cost rises, supply chain bottlenecks, and a tight labor market.” Although the Jackson YMCA has gone through a similar experience, “the Jackson YMCA project continues to be driven by resilience and flexibility.’ 

The Granger team is concentrating on achieving a few significant milestones for the construction phase, working closely with Bergmann and with the design and planning proceeding as anticipated. 

Construction Schedule 

  • Distributing bid documents to business partners in early 2023  
  • Starting construction in the spring of 2023  
  • Completion of the project by the end of 2024 

Granger Construction is still dedicated to minimizing YMCA operations disruption as much as feasible while prioritizing the safety of all facility users, YMCA staff, and construction personnel. 

To provide access to the work areas and allow for continuous usage of the YMCA, it will be required to segregate some of the buildings from YMCA activities during development. 

The Jackson YMCA has worked to provide opportunities for people from all walks of life since 1896. Through programs focusing on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility, the Y serves men and women of all ages, religions, and economic backgrounds. The Association, a member of the national organization, is led by a volunteer board of directors. 

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