Dowd YMCA Renovation & Expansion

Charlotte, NC

The flagship, 7-level Dowd YMCA of Charlotte is undergoing a major renovation and expansion to include the consolidation of the YMCA of Greater Charlotte offices, construction of a new fitness center, the reconfiguration of wellness/fitness areas, a new circulation spine linking the new fitness center to existing tower, the renovation of existing spaces (locker rooms, child watch, offices, and lobby), and construction of a new 4-level parking deck across the street for 380 spaces.

The front of the building was extended out toward Morehead Street, adding 52,000 SF of fitness space on three levels. The new space includes studios for classes such as yoga and barre, functional training space for Crossfit-style workouts, and a 6,000 square foot Atrium Health office. A new glass-and-steel facade affords views of Uptown Charlotte’s skyline from the track & exercise space on the roof of the addition, and a fitness stair combines egress with exercise.