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Snyder & Associates provided the urban site design and construction services for the development of the downtown Des Moines YMCA.

The project included the redevelopment of the former Polk County Convention Complex into the flagship YMCA facility for the Des Moines metro. The location resulted from a property swap between Polk County, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and the Greater Des Moines YMCA.  Renovations were opened for use in 2015 and included a gym, running track, racquetball and handball courts, and additional workout space.

A two-story building addition was constructed for the Wellmark YMCA Aquatic Center during the renovations of the former convention center. Funding was secured in 2016, resulting in delays on the interior buildout and Olympic-sized pool.

The site design services Snyder & Associates provided include stormwater management facilities and storm sewer, new utility infrastructure upgrades, streetscape and urban design concepts and assistance for pedestrian and vehicular circulation around the perimeter of the site. We also worked with multiple public entities for approvals and permitting, including the Des Moines Urban Design Review Board.