The Healthy Heart of Downtown
An active YMCA can anchor a downtown, providing sought-after amenities to attract talent and residents. In Green Bay, leaders were committed to serving the community by revitalizing the historic Y building and preserving a piece of history.
The six-story Tudor Revival building underwent a $13 million renovation to modernize, ensure the future strength and accessibility of Y programs, and position the building for future lease of its upper floors. Interior updates create a more transparent floorplan, with updated locker rooms, expanded program space, and greater natural light. Open sight lines transform the user experience and improve wayfinding. A three-story atrium exposes the interior to natural light. On the east, a glass curtain wall provides views of the city while engaging passersby and sparking renewed interest in the Y.
A nationally registered historic building, the project was completed per guidelines from the Wisconsin State Preservation Office. The renovation received multiple awards for outstanding historic preservation and contribution to the community.
Funding for the project, re-named the Ferguson Family YMCA, came from a community capital campaign and state historic tax credits. The Y remained open throughout renovations.
Green Bay, WI