November 29, 2011


YWCA expansion set for March completion

YWCABob Ellis/staff photographer
Toys sit near the YWCA playground as work continues on an addition at the back of the Clayton Avenue building.

Staff Reporter

With a targeted completion date of March 2012, the YWCA building expansion is in its final stretch, Executive Director Amy Simrell said Monday.
Simrell said the project is also in its final stage of fundraising, and she hopes to raise another $136,000 from YWCA members and local businesses.
To date, $2,863,827 has been raised — the goal is $3 million.
The expansion will entail a 12,000-square-foot, three-floor addition to the YWCA building, providing storage space, a gymnasium, a men’s locker room and a multipurpose room.
Simrell is confident the remaining funds will be raised.
“We are visiting businesses in town and we have solicited community members who are members of the YWCA or special friends ... and we have a few additional internal lists that we will be in touch with,” Simrell said.
But Simrell stressed that “every penny counts,” now that bills are coming in.
A capital campaign raised $2.5 million toward the cost.
The expansion was helped by three government grants: a $10,000 member item secured by Assemblyman Gary Finch (R-Springport), a city community development block grant of about $30,000 and a $300,000 gift from the state Dormitory Authority.
After a hitch in plans over the summer added about three weeks onto the schedule, work has since progressed as expected. Over the summer, the contractor realized the foundation of the north wall of the existing building needed extensive underpinning since the foundation was very shallow. Putting in these supports delayed the work a bit.
But now the project is on track for the revised completion date. An earlier estimate called for completion in February.
The floors on both the basement and first level have been poured, Simrell said, with the basement using 120 cubic yards of concrete and the first floor 100 cubic yards. The second floor is the next to be poured, and is expected to happen within days.
Simrell said the structural steel roof trusses are being placed, and the building is also being enclosed more fully.
The material that becomes the vertical walls of the building, known as sheathing, will be put up this week.
“The object is to get the building enclosed before the bad weather,” said Simrell “And we’re on track for that happening.”
The foundation of the addition was laid by Moravia-based K-Crete and the excavation work was done by Murdock’s Excavation of Cortlandville. Syracuse-based Hayner Hoyt is the construction contractor.
The addition’s basement will house extra food storage space, which will enhance the YWCA’s ability to feed approximately 900 children who use the agency’s programs annually. A new mechanical room will also be constructed, housing new electrical panels and updated electrical infrastructure. A men’s locker room will be added, a space that Simrell said is needed for the growing number of male patrons.
The first floor will house a multipurpose room that can be used as an indoor play area for children and can also be rented for various functions. The second floor will have a half-size basketball court gym with a wood floor and will be used for exercise classes.
Additional solar panels will be added to the roof to increase the building’s electrical generating capacity from 25 percent to 30 percent of its needs.
Simrell praised the contractor for purposely using local subcontractors whenever possible. So far, 17 area subcontractors have been used, she said.

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