The Tellepsen Family YMCA is the largest YMCA of Greater Houston, serving over 10,000 members and encompassing approximately 115,000 sf of membership and program space. The building replaced the former 1941 facility and serves the needs of a revitalized downtown. Elements from the original structure are incorporated into the design and graphically illustrate the history of the YMCA and the Tellepsen family, for whom the building is named. To increase the YMCA’s visible presence downtown, Kirksey created a window to the community.
The facility includes 13,000 sf of strength and cardio space with state-of-the-art equipment, a suspended running track, and an indoor swim center. Additionally, the facility has a child watch area, teen activity room, community outreach and support services area with a computer lab and offices, café, chapel, locker rooms with separate family changing rooms, sauna and steam rooms, conference center for community groups, women’s wellness center, membership and welcome area, basketball court, racquetball courts, group exercise rooms, and a spin room.
This flagship YMCA is certified LEED Gold and successfully supports the Y’s mission to create healthy spirits, minds, and bodies for all.