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Guided Tours of the New Y Building Site at Mahackeno

Dan Drake of Turner Construction describes the work under way on the new Y at Mahackeno.

Though the weather could have been a touch warmer for the first weekend of spring, the timing couldn’t have been better: A day after the Westport Weston Family Y announced the receipt of two $1 million gifts to its Building What Matters capital campaign, Y board member Rob Bowman and his wife, Jennifer, hosted a large group of neighbors and friends on a guided tour of the new Y’s building site at Mahackeno.

Fresh hot coffee and all manner of doughnuts and pastries took the edge off the Saturday morning chill, as the group was treated to an informative overview by Dan Drake, site supervisor for Turner Construction Co., and his colleague Chad McCullough.

After a quick visit inside the construction trailer (and a close-up look of some of the phone-book thick sheaves of oversize architectural drawings and plans that guide the construction process), Drake described how the work crews have created what amounts to an on-site “factory” that turns the excavated material into topsoil, fill and crushed rock to be re-used later in the building process.

Hard to tell who was more in awe of the mega-sized machines stationed across the site — the kids or their “touch-a-truck” dads!

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The site tour continued down “Allen Raymond Lane” to the overlook above the excavated hillside, from which our new Family Y will soon rise. Using floor plans and renderings of the new facility as guides, Drake helped the site visitors envision exactly where the new 10-lane pool will be located, and where basketballers of all ages will, come late 2014, be able to romp up and down the full-sized basketball court.

“We thank the Bowmans for bringing this group of families together, and our partners at Turner for helping make the experience a very informational and fun one,” said Family Y CEO Rob Reeves.

Guided tours of the building site are being conducted on Wednesdays at 12:15 on through the spring. To schedule a site visit, contact Susie Haydon at For more information about the Y’s Building What Matters campaign, click here to visit the section about our new Y at

Enjoy these photos from Saturday’s group tour of Mahackeno: