Aaron Miller was at the Tri-County YMCA in Menomonee Falls before the sun even came up on the morning of Monday, April 10.
That’s because, again, the executive director of the organization is overseeing a construction project in the building, N84 W17501 Menomonee Ave.
The latest project, which is expected to be completed by June 1, will expand and modernize the entrance and lobby, along with transforming the child watch area.
The completion date is crucial for the project: The Y’s popular summer day camp project starts in June, and Miller wants everything ready for the organization to put its best foot forward all summer. Many of the attendees of the summer day camp aren’t members of the facility.
“We run one of the biggest and best summer day camps in the area,” Miller said. “That’s a lot of staff commitment; there’s a lot of moving parts, and our campus houses upwards of 200 kids a day.”
The spring timetable was a strategic choice, as use of the facility drops after the end of winter, as members start to exercise outside, and before the summer day camp begins.
That’s why last fall’s project, which converted a day-locker area into a community gathering area, was also strategically timed.
The lobby will be designed to be more welcoming and expeditious for members who are checking in; in addition, the footprint of the entrance will be expanded by about 30 feet under the existing entry canopy to accommodate two sets of double-pane sliding-glass entrance doors. It will also include a hand-crafted wooden check-in desk.
However, the biggest change may be to the children’s area, which will be done in two phases. A good chunk of the work will be done during off-hours to limit disruptions.
The child watch area will be augmented with storage, new bathrooms and a redesigned footprint.
In addition, part of that space will become home to a youth development exercise studio that will be visible in the front windows of the building.
“It will be front and center that we are the place for families,” Miller said.
The project will also redo two single-user, unisex bathrooms.
“I have a feeling that will turn into one of the highlights of the project, whether it was designed to or not,” Miller said, noting the new restrooms will also be ADA compliant. “Any time you renovate bathroom spaces, members love that.”
Miller said the project, which comes with a price tag of about $200,000, reiterates the YMCA of Greater Waukesha County’s commitment to the facility. Tri-County has undergone many changes, some cosmetic and some that can’t be seen by the public (HVAC, boilers, etc.) to spruce up the building since it was purchased in October 2014.
“We’re giving you the best space possible, and that can’t go unnoticed,” Miller said. “The YMCA of Greater Waukesha County is heavily invested in our area. We recognize the need to stay up-to-date.”
Mukwonago’s YMCA is undergoing a $2 million renovation, which includes some completely new spaces.