Submitted by SmithArchitects Inc.

This facility was designed to accommodate the existing sloped topography, preserve the ponderosa pine forest, and blend with the surrounding residential neighborhoods. Requiring special attention due to area snowfall, the roof design incorporates a traditional ridge beam and rafter composition that is inverted to create a “butterfly” profile. A rock-climbing wall and gymnasium are the focal points of the two-story space. Visitors enjoy unobstructed views through the wellness/fitness center and out to the treetops beyond through the floor-to-ceiling glass wall.

Funding for the non-profit project came from the local community. The judges were pleased with the solutions to the site challenges, and felt the project looks like it belongs in Flagstaff.

Owner: Flagstaff Family YMCA
General Contractor: Loven Contracting
Architect: smithARCHITECTS
Project Manager: Warner Consulting Services
Engineers: Shephard Wesnitzer; TOR Eng.; Case Eng.; Wong Eng.
Subcontractors: Another Plumbing Co.; B&T Glass; Bamber Electric; Delta Diversified Enterprises; Flagstaff Roofing; Maverick Masonry; Wicked Fire Protection; Boyer Metal; Climatec