YMCA Adds More Space

February 8, 2008
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BELMONT — Work is well under way on an addition to the Wolverine World Wide Family YMCA in Belmont that will increase the building's size by almost 40 percent.

Rockford Companies is managing the project that will add 17,795 square feet to the existing Y, which opened in November 2005 as a 46,800-square-foot family center planned to serve an estimated 3,500 members.

But since the opening, the Y's membership has soared to 9,600, and more space is needed to meet that unexpected growth.

"This expansion will allow the YMCA to continue to serve the families of northern Kent County, moving us closer to our goal of involving one in five youth, teens and their families in year-round programs," said Ron Nelson, president of the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids.

"We recognize the incredible potential of this project, and appreciate the commitment everyone has made, including Rockford Construction, in making this state-of-the-art expansion a reality for north KentCounty communities," he added.

The Rockford Development Group, like the construction firm, is part of Rockford Companies, and the development group donated a portion of the purchase price for the 17-acre site, which was owned then by Rockford Companies.

The current project will add a multi-purpose room, a special-needs locker room, a family gym, a group cycling studio, a family and youth wellness center and an extended indoor running track. These additions will join the building's indoor swimming pool, basketball courts, computer lab, chapel, family wellness center and indoor climbing center.

The project, designed by Design Plus, is expected to be completed in May.

"Working with the YMCA is a true pleasure for our team. We're able to create additional space that helps the organization fulfill its mission and we're performing construction in a highly active area," said Curt Lautenback, project manager for Rockford Construction.

"These variables will add up to a challenge and an opportunity to grow as a contractor and continue to show the YMCA why choosing Rockford was the best decision."     

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