YMCA project includes new elevator, expansion of women's locker room

Posted: Dec. 1, 2012 12:10 am Updated: Dec. 15, 2012 3:15 am

By STEVE EIGHINGERHerald-Whig Staff Writer

The Quincy Family YMCA is planning two improvements to its 3101 Maine campus for 2013.

A new elevator and internal expansion of the women's locker room area are scheduled and will carry a combined price tag of about $280,000.

The new elevator will allow the YMCA to become fully ASA compliant and cost about $205,000, according to figures supplied by Mark Spiegelhoff, chief executive officer of the Quincy YMCA Association, which also oversees sites in Mount Sterling and Pike County.

The funds for the elevator were secured through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Equal Opportunity.

The improvements in the women's locker room will cost about $75,000. Areas near the existing locker room that are used for storage will be renovated. The project will be possible thanks to a donation from a local anonymous source.

"The new elevator will allow us to better serve new groups of underserved populations, like those with disabilities," Spiegelhoff said.

Spiegelhoff said visitors in wheelchairs -- or those unable to navigate flights of stairs -- who come to the YMCA for programs or needs located below the main floor now must use an entrance on the west side of the facility. The new elevator will be on the east side, closer to the main parking area and closer to the hub of YMCA activities.

"The elevator should be installed and operational (sometime) in 2013," Spiegelhoff said.

The women's locker room will receive additional space once an unused pool storage area is converted into usable space.

"This will provide needed extra space for a variety of pool users, in particular the water exercise class participants," Spiegelhoff said.

The renovation will increase the size of the women's locker room area by about 300 to 400 square feet.

"The expanded space will help during the periods of heightened activity," Spiegelhoff said.

The 42-year-old YMCA building has undergone one major and one smaller renovation since the turn of the century.

A $1.8 million project in 2001 created the Wellness Center on the lower level, plus renovated some of the other existing facilities. A $370,000 project in 2011 created a "Kids Fit Zone," designed to target childhood obesity.

The Quincy YMCA was formed in 1853, and is one of the oldest Y associations in the nation. A YMCA building at Fourth and Jersey was dedicated in 1913 and used until the move to the current site in 1970.