Located in the Sterling Ridge section of this growing community, the South Montgomery County family YMCA is the second such facility in The Woodlands. Since opening in February 2004, the South Montgomery County YMCA serves approximately 5,000 families, with more than 2,000 members using the complex daily.
This 40,000 sf building contains many features unique to this particular client. Along with the typical aerobics center, gymnasium, cardio area and weight room, playfields, and child care rooms, the South Montgomery YMCA also offers access to a thirty-five foot rock climbing tower and rock walls, a physical therapy center focusing on young athletes, and a $1-million outdoor water park featuring a 400-gallon giant tipping bucket. The building maintains a simple functional aesthetic by exposing much of the structure and natural finishes of the building materials. Stained concrete floors, burnished concrete masonry blocks and stained natural wood structural elements, emphasize the desire to use the building as a teaching tool. Many of these building materials extend into the interior volumes to achieve an overlapping of exterior and interior. Interior spaces throughout the building were organized and aligned to take advantage of views to the outside through large windows and clerestories.