Suntree YMCA shapes up with renovations


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Suntree YMCA Family Center recently completed extensive renovations at the health facility at 6300 N. Wickham Road at the Centre at Suntree plaza, membership director Joe Rowlette said.

Mike Gaffey

The Suntree YMCA Family Center just got in better shape.

Work crews from Pavco Contracting recently completed extensive renovations at the health facility at 6300 N. Wickham Road at the Centre at Suntree Plaza, providing it with a new entrance, redesigning the interior and adding new carpeting, an interior paint job, flat-screen televisions in the main exercise room and two 5-ton air-conditioning units, according to membership director Joe Rowlette.

“It needed a facelift,” Rowlette said.

The changes are the result of a joint venture between the YMCA and its landlords, Brenner Real Estate Group, which needed to rent out the facility’s lobby area and picked up most of the renovation costs, Rowlette said.

“They said, ‘Come up with a wish list of what you guys would like to see,’ ” Rowlette said. “First thing we said was new carpet, and a paint job would be nice, too.”

Renovations trimmed the facility’s size from 20,000 square feet to 17,500 square feet. The YMCA’s new double-door entrance is now just to the south of the original entrance and lobby.

“We knocked some walls down and put some other walls up,” Rowlette said. “Even though we lost some square footage, it actually feels bigger. We have more space in certain areas.”

The center never had to close during renovations, which started in mid-September, Rowlette said. “They worked around the clock, they worked late at night, they’ve come in early in the morning,” he said. “We worked to make sure we didn’t hinder our members in any way.”

Reaction from members has been “very positive,” Rowlette said. “It’s been funny to see people who haven’t been here and they haven’t seen the changes. Their eyes kind of open up,” he said. “We walk them through, give them a tour, show them the layout.”

Rowlette hopes to mark the facility’s new look with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in January. “We’d like to get the community involved, bring everybody out and get the big, giant scissors out,” Rowlette said. “That’s our big kickoff, our big time of year. So how great would it be to do a ribbon-cutting sometime in the month of January?”