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Breathing new life into a tired facility is both challenging and rewarding, as evidenced by the Oshkosh Community YMCA’s renovation and addition. Judges rewarded the 50-year-old facility’s redesign for introducing many of today’s high-in-demand amenities — from family locker rooms and a teen center to a hot yoga studio and a teaching kitchen.

Facilities of Merit winners were selected in July by a panel of seven architects at the conclusion of two days of deliberations at AB Media headquarters in Madison, Wis. Next month, the architects, consultants and facility owners behind each winning project will be honored at a reception at the Athletic Business Conference & Expo in Orlando.

Thanks to all 54 entrants for helping ensure the program’s high level of competition, and congratulations to the 2019 Facilities of Merit. — The Editors

Oshkosh Community YMCA Renovation and Addition

Kahler Slater | Milwaukee, Wis.

Location : Oshkosh, Wis.

“The highly efficient plan creates a visually striking form that changes as you move around the exterior.” — Andrew Kelly

In addition, a family pool was added, and the gymnasium was updated, all on a modest budget. A double-height spine connects all major facility components, while stacked rectangular elements are expertly arranged on the building exterior, which affords abundant views to activity within.

“The project’s thoughtful response to phased renovation helped preserve this community asset. The exterior design solution creates a new, modern facility replacing its aged and tired predecessor.” — Jon Niemuth

“Great example of holistically transforming of an existing facility into a completely new volume,” noted one judge. “The design team maximized the design under significant constraints.”

“Fantastic addition and use of site constraints. Connection to the park is a great asset. Well-done transitions from old to new.” — Nathan Harris