Frank L. Blum Construction Company overcame tremendous challenges to build the YWCA’s new Sports & Wellness Center. High voltage transmission lines surrounding the building restricted the use of cranes and lifting equipment during construction. Steel erection took place from within the building’s footprint.
The 90,000-square-foot building features load-bearing masonry which meant careful preconstruction planning to coordinate beam pocket elevations and placement of receptacles, light switches, and data outlets in the block walls.
Now, the impressive building - with a fitness center, eight-lane competition swimming pool with adjacent water park, and tournament basketball courts - stands as an icon for the Southeast Gateway of the city.