Kahler Slater was selected by the Oshkosh Community YMCA and Gro Development to transform their existing Downtown Branch from an outdated facility into an exciting, vibrant community center in the heart of the City. Currently about 1,000 guests visit the location per day. The project was a result from a combination of market research, community needs assessment, industry trends and the YMCA’s strategic planning process.
The design for the addition and renovation is centered on making the 50-year old facility more open and community-oriented. The phased expansion and renovation includes administration areas; lobby and member service center; adult, youth, and family locker rooms; child watch and kids center; licensed childcare classrooms; teen/inter-gen center; community/multipurpose room; group exercise studios; a wellness center; and an indoor family pool.
Phase 1 was recently completed and construction on Phase 2 is underway. This second phase includes a renovation to the basketball gym, administrative offices, Intergenerational room equipped with teaching kitchen, lower level must-purpose room and a yoga studio featuring hot yoga.
Increase in memberships
Facility usage in 12 months
Renovations are considered a vital piece of the Greater Oshkosh Economic Development's long-range plan for revitalizing downtown and the city's south side.
Tom Blaze, CEO
YMCA Oshkosh Childcare Staff Member