Aurora Family YMCA at Wheatlands

From field to facility!

Working with the YMCA of Metropolitan Denver since 2013, BRS Architecture provided programming and initial design concepts to help the Y develop project parameters for a new facility in the Wheatlands neighborhood of southeast Aurora, CO.  Progressing through site rezoning, understanding site infrastructure, and identification of workable project phasing, the Y began the formal design process with BRS in the summer of 2018.

The design process started with a refined project masterplan to clarify project phasing. CMGC Adolfson & Peterson was added to the project team to verify current market costs for phase I of the project. Phase I program elements include a 6-lane competition pool, fitness equipment areas including an egym and high intensity interval training room, aerobics room, spin room, Pilates room, teaching kitchen, child watch, administrative space and locker rooms.

Utilizing the natural topography site, the main entry of the new facility is on the upper level with larger volume spaces located on the lower level to minimize building massing in relation to the surrounding residential neighborhood. The upper level has views down into the pool area and the front range of the Rocky Mountains beyond. The design incorporates the themes of “prairie”, “ranch”, and “simple forms” that are found in the local neighborhood Framework Development Plan. The building has 360-degree views with roof lines that match that of the Wheatlands neighborhood. The staircase to the lower level is a neat design highlight created with reclaimed box car floors for the steps and a custom fabricated steel guard rail with an airy geometric pattern. AE Design, our lighting consultant, added a playful take on tractor gears with yellow acoustical light fixtures above the front desk.


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Aurora, Colorado


YMCA of Metropolitan Denver-Aurora Branch


39,000 sf



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