NEW YORK, NY
The Y’s May Center for Health, Fitness and Sport has undergone the first phase of a five-phase, $10 million improvement of its 35,000 square foot facility. Under-utilized racquetball courts have been transformed into a well-equipped cardio-fitness studio and a yoga classroom. Women’s and girls changing areas have been completely reconfigured, providing separation of girls from adult women for the first time. The women’s area features a lounge, steam and sauna, and rich material finishes such as granite, maple and hand cut tile. A new spa has been added to the center, with quiet lighting and earthy finishes such as wood, cork and fabric. Offices for membership staff have been completely reconfigured and rebuilt.
Complete replacement of the architectural finishes, mechanical and electrical systems has produced an entirely new appearance, replacing the 1928 facility. The fitness center upgrade has resulted in substantial membership gains and improved retention.
A new lobby and café has been added as an attraction for people in the Center and throughout the Y, featuring a commissioned glass artwork.
Future phases include introducing a new circulation spine through the four-story facility, refinishing of gymnasiums and exercise rooms, replacement of the mechanical and electrical systems, new men’s locker facilities and new offices.