South Montgomery County YMCA


The Woodlands, Texas


40,000 sf

Project Features
  • Serves 5,000 Families
  • Workout area
  • Aerobic center
  • Gymnasium
  • Outdoor pool
  • Outdoor pavilion
  • Playfields

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.

Janis Brackett, AIA, LEED AP 713 426 7426
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As our Community Team Leader, Janis brings 20 years of experience and a dedication to the collaborative process to Kirksey’s Community Team. Besides her proven ability to keep projects in budget and on schedule, she is enthusiastic about developing relationships with her clients and seeing their ideas and goals become realized. Janis was the 2014 President of AIA Houston, the 2010 Chair of Gulf Coast Green, and also served on the Editorial Committee for GreenWorks Houston.