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YMCA Construction Making Progress

December 18, 2013, 4:55 PM by Jared Ransom

YMCA Construction Making Progress
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

What used to be swimming pools and locker rooms is now sheet metal and chunks of stone.

The "New Day, New YMCA" construction project is only a few months in, and YMCA President and CEO Mike Gulick is starting to see the future.

"It's a little hard to picture, but you can kind of take the drawings and then you take the space and go, 'Ah, I see what they're doing.' So, there is this increased excitement now as this thing progresses," Gulick said.

The old swimming pools are now filled with sand and will soon be turned into locker rooms and office space.  The second floor will be dedicated to wellness with the addition of state-of-the-art exercise equipment.  On the third floor, there will be a quick face lift on a basketball court that's showing its age.

"The hoops don't function anymore; they don't go up and down. The mechanics are gone. The curtain collapsed. I mean, it was just used and tired and needed an upgrade," Gulick said.

The project forced many offices and programs to be moved temporarily, making a tight space even tighter for members and employees.

"They knew that there was going to be this brief period of pain before they got to the gain," Gulick said.

With all the construction that is happening and all that still needs to be done, the goal for opening is still in March, which is an ambitious goal but an exciting one as well, especially for those who want to use the new space to stick with their New Years resolution.

"That tradition of January, February, March, April is a good time to promote membership and health and wellness, so we fall still, even at the trail end, but we're still in that major time frame," Gulick said.

Once the doors open for the new space in March, the construction for the YMCA is not over.  It will close off the building it is now in to put in new low income housing.

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