Tellepsen Family Downtown YMCA

Civic & Community, LEED and Sustainability, Recreation

LEED Gold New Construction

Houston, Texas


110,000 sf

Project Features
  • Serves over 10,000 members
  • Indoor swim center
  • Therapy pool
  • Suspended running track
  • Sports courts
  • Strength & cardio space
  • Spin room 
  • Group exercise rooms
  • Conference center
  • Community service area
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.
Janis Brackett, AIA, LEED AP 713 426 7426
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Janis brings 24 years of experience and a dedication to the collaborative process to Kirksey's Community Projects 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.

  • Texas Construction Magazine, Best of '10, Award of Excellence: Green Building, 2009
  • Athletic Business, Architectural Showcase: Health and Wellness Facilities, 2011
  • Houston Business Journal Landmark Award: Public Assemblies, 2011
  • AIA Houston Design Award: Architecture - Greater than 50,000 sf, 2011
  • Recreation Management, Innovative Architecture & Design Award, 2011
  • ENR Texas & Louisiana, Best Projects, Awards of Merit, 2011
  • Athletic Business, Facility of Merit, 2011
  • TSA Design Award, Institutional, 2012