Indianola Wellness Center YMCA
YMCA of Greater Des Moines
Indianola, Iowa

Challenge: The SVPA design team challenge was to create one facility that met the needs of four different user groups that had joined together to fund a new wellness center for the City of Indianola: the residents of Indianola, the Indianola School District, Simpson College and the YMCA of Greater Des Moines, which is operating the facility. Not only was the facility to meet the wellness needs of these groups, it was also to provide a competition venue for community, high school and college swim teams.

SVPA Solution: SVPA worked closely with the user groups to determine what program elements were a priority for the facility in addition to the competition swim area. The final design includes an eight-lane competition pool, family recreation pool, child watch area, gymnasium, fitness center, exercise studios and a racquetball court. Large expanses of glass are used to bring natural light into the facility and provide views for patrons with custom sun shades to reduce glare and solar heat gain. A custom mural in the entrance lobby features images from the Indianola community, showcasing opportunities and amenities that are unique to Indianola. The new facility has been hugely popular, with over 4,000 members joining in the first three months the facility was open.

Completion Date: August 2013

Type of Delivery: Design Bid Build

Project Team:

  • Vitus Bering, AIA
  • Thad Long, AIA
  • Seth Shannon, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
  • Sara Herman, IIDA, LEED AP ID+C
  • Danielle Williams, IIDA, LEED Green Associate
  • Tometich Engineering
  • Hoss & Brown Engineers
  • Water’s Edge Aquatic Design
  • Snyder & Associates
  • Summit Consulting
  • Larson & Larson Construction

Became an SVPA Client in: 1979

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