SV Design is proud to announce the Glen T. MacLeod Cape Ann YMCA project won gold at the Boston Remodelers Association of Greater Boston’s (BRAGB) 2021 Prism Awards Gala for Excellence in Community Design – Best Commercial Project, held on October 21st at the Boston Marriott Long Wharf. BRAGB recognizes outstanding achievements and exceptional projects from architects, builders, developers, and other professionals in the design and building industry.
The Glen T. MacLeod Cape Ann YMCA community and fitness building had two major design goals: reflect the community it serves and create an inspiring welcome for members and new patrons. Located in Gloucester, this building's design pulls inspiration from the schooners and this area's rich maritime history. The stylized design of the main entry roof shape, the decorative "masts," the cornice shape, the trellis, the flowing interior lighting, the second-floor bridge, the interior finish materials, and the front desk design all pull their inspiration from this history. The resulting design is both modern and local. The second goal, which was to create an inspiring first impression, is achieved by the dynamic forms of the front façade and the two-story entry space complete with a second-floor pass-over bridge and dramatic lighting. The building includes a welcoming and accessible entry with an associated check-in desk, lobby, café, and lounge. This YMCA also includes an eight-lane pool, an outdoor splash pad, a preschool, fitness open areas, fitness classrooms, child watch spaces, multi-purpose spaces, a full-size gymnasium, locker rooms, administrative areas, and a physical therapy tenant space, along with outdoor turf areas and a playground. The new YMCA provides a space for the community to immerse in wellness, gathering, and recreation.