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New Family Y: Construction Update & Latest Photos

The concrete floor of the Gymnasium is now in place.

The concrete floor of the Gymnasium is now in place.


“Welcome to your new Family Y.”

That was the happy message delivered on Oct. 2 by Dan Drake, site manager for Turner Construction, to a group of 18 Y staffers who took part in the weekly Wednesday lunchtime tour of the new Y facility under construction at the Y’s 32-acre Mahackeno campus.

To see a photo gallery of the latest views of our new Y, please click here.

Now halfway through the projected 18-month buildout of the first stage of the new Y – which will start as a full-service, family-oriented 54,000-sq. ft. facility – the structure is abuzz with activity from top to bottom. Masons atop tall scaffolding are this week raising the last concrete blocks to the rafters, while electricians tackle the complex task of installing the electrical conduits through the floors and rising walls.

The concrete floor of the main level is now in place, and the interior walls are giving new definition to the new Y’s floor plan, from the main lobby, Child Watch area/Kid’s Adventure Gym, offices and meeting rooms on the main floor to the fitness studios, locker rooms and Wellness Center below.

A view of the front entrance to the new Y.

A view of the front entrance to the new Y.

During the hour-long guided tour, Drake led the Y staffers on their first steps across the threshold of the building – to be known as the Bedford Family Center. He pointed out a latticework of plastic tubing laid down under the steel archway of the front entrance. “That’s in-slab radiant heating,” Drake explained. “It’s designed to keep the front walkway free of snow and ice, for added safety and to reduce the amount of dirt tracked into the main lobby.”

Staffers strolled across the concrete slab of the gymnasium floor, an expansive space large enough for a regulation-size basketball court, and two smaller courts laid out crossways as well.
They peered over a temporary barrier – soon to be replaced with concrete block and large windows – down into the cavernous space that will be the Strittmatter Family Aquatic Center. The natatorium will feature a warm-water shallow pool for teaching, therapeutic swimming and recreational play, as well as a 10-lane lap pool.

Strolling across the site and past the soaring steel girders that will form the “tower” on the building’s southwest corner, the group walked the length of the Wellness Center, an expansive space overlooking the scenic brook that separates the new Y from wooded grounds and playing fields of Camp Mahackeno.

Y staffers in the Aquatic Center.

Y staffers in the Aquatic Center.

Entering the Aquatic Center through a temporary hole in the exterior wall, Y staffers stood on the hardpack dirt that will soon be excavated for the lap pool. Drake explained that the dirt floor is currently about the level of the bottom of the shallow pool; some five feet of dirt will need to be removed to make room for the lap pool, 9 ft. at its deepest. Once that important job is complete, the wall will be sealed up and the building completely enclosed prior to the onset of cold weather.

Other upcoming projects include the roofing and the exterior walls, which will be clad in an attractive combination of “Van Buren Brown” siding and stone. Meanwhile, progress continues on the separate project to widen the connector road from Route 33 to the Y’s entrance, reconfigure the northbound on/off ramp at Exit 41 of the Merritt Parkway and install “smart signalization.”
To join one of our Wednesday tours of the building site, which begin at 12:15 pm, please contact Susie Haydon at or 203-226-8981, ext. 106.

For more information about the Y’s Building What Matters capital campaign to fund the construction of the new Y at Mahackeno, please visit or contact Paul Bernetsky at or 203-226-8981, ext. 115.

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