FleischmanGarcia was retained to design the original Palm Harbor YMCA as an aquatic facility with 9,400 sq. ft. of exterior pool area divided between competition and family pools. The architectural design focused on creating a friendly, yet durable, low-maintenance building.
Construction for the second phase was then completed, expanding the facility an additional 10,000 sq. ft. The emphasis for Phase II was shifted to creating a more exciting building, with curved walls of glazed storefront across the north elevation and a soaring lobby with clerestory windows under a curved metal roof.
The YMCA remained open to members during construction of Phase II, which necessitated dividing construction into two sub-phases. The first portion included moving the entrance to the north side of the building to take advantage of the bright entry lobby.
The lobby was designed to have a casual, comfortable ambiance, complete with lounge seating, coffee service and a 6 ft. diameter stained glass display of a historic YMCA logo.
Also included in the early Phase II construction were two new multipurpose rooms and a new, 2,700 sq. ft. group exercise studio with storefront wall and motorized shades.