Wellmark Family YMCA

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Des Moines, Iowa

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14,215 sq. ft.

The Waters Edge team worked with the YMCA to develop an aquatic facility in the heart of downtown Des Moines, IA. An existing conference center was renovated, and a new natatorium addition was constructed providing a massive transformation. The team designed a 50-meter pool along with a 25-yard warm-up pool, utilizing the most up-to-date and effective innovations in pool mechanical systems. Pool amenities including a movable bulkhead, water basketball and volleyball, and seating for 1,500 spectators, provide an efficient use of space while also allowing for a high impact of features.

The final design is geared to hosting major regional and national competitive events, as well as creating a space for training, fitness, water polo and synchronized swimming programs. Its prime downtown location connects it to multiple hotels and restaurants via indoor skywalks, adding to its value as a downtown asset for economic growth, health & wellness.

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