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January 7, 2019 - Construction at Somerset Hills YMCA is in High Gear
While the weather has turned colder and most recreational activities have moved indoors, contractors have been diligently working outside to build a better Y for you. The steel frame of the 14,000-square-foot expansion is fully in place and crews are ready to begin the process of attaching the expansion to the existing building. Although the Y is working to minimize impact on members by making accommodations when possible and keeping you informed along the way, there will be some disruption beginning on Friday, Jan. 11. Some equipment in the Wellness Center is relocated and select ductwork in the Wellness Center on the 1st floor and Group Exercise 1 on the 2nd floor is removed and relocated to allow for the construction of a weather-tight temporary interior wall along the exterior wall adjacent to the expansion.
Below is detailed information regarding this stage of the project in the form of an FAQ. We thank you, our members, for your continued support and understanding as we work to expand and renovate Somerset Hills YMCA to better serve you for years to come.
Q: What work is happening now?
A: The steel frame of the Somerset Hills YMCA expansion is complete. The next steps are to install the decking, connect the building together and pour the concrete for the floor. However, in order to ensure the concrete slabs align between the existing building and the expansion, the exterior wall between the expansion and the Wellness Center on the 1st floor and Group Exercise 1 on the 2nd floor needs to be removed. The preparation for this work will involve the brief use of protective plastic sheeting in the Wellness Center on the 1st floor and in Group Exercise 1 on the 2nd floor to provide contractors with access to ceiling ductwork for its removal and relocation as well as the construction of a weather-tight temporary interior wall adjacent to the expansion.
Q: When will this happen? How long will this take?
A: On Friday, Jan. 11 from about 7:00am through 3:30pm, fitness equipment movers will relocate select equipment in the Wellness Center.
Beginning on Monday, Jan. 14 through Friday, Jan. 18, the relocation of HVAC ductwork along the current exterior wall adjacent to the expansion and the construction of a weather-tight temporary interior wall will take place. During this week members can expect to see a plastic barrier enclosing areas where construction workers are performing these tasks.
After that and beginning on Saturday, Jan. 19, the plastic sheeting will come down as work resumes outside of the facility again. Members can expect to see a temporary wall in the Wellness Center and in Group Exercise 1 from now through the summer while the expansion is completed.
Q: Where will the temporary interior wall be located?
A: There will be temporary interior walls constructed approximately 3 feet from the existing exterior walls adjacent to the expansion on the 1st floor in the Wellness Center and on the 2nd floor in Group Exercise 1 and at the very end of the 2nd floor hallway. These temporary walls will remain in place through the summer while construction on the expansion continues.
Q: What can members expect to see in the Wellness Center during this time?
A: On Friday, Jan. 11 from about 7:00am through 3:30pm, fitness equipment movers will be relocating equipment in order to make room for the necessary next steps in the construction process. This will include:
Compacting the space between treadmills along the windows
Relocation of the Selectorized equipment currently located along the expansion wall
Condensing and rearrangement of the free weight area to move away from the wall
Relocation of rowers in order to accommodate equipment currently located along the expansion wall that must move
Reducing stretch area to accommodate some relocated equipment
Beginning on Monday, Jan. 14 through Friday, Jan. 18, plastic sheeting will be in place to allow workers access to ductwork in the ceiling and the exterior wall adjacent to the expansion. Once the ductwork is relocated and the temporary wall is in place, the plastic sheeting will be removed. The temporary wall will remain in place from Saturday, Jan. 19 through the summer.
Please know that every effort is being made to continue to make all existing equipment available to members while maintaining a safe fitness environment that endeavors to accommodate all members' needs as best we can during this time of transition.
Q: Will the Y make additional spaces available to members for personal fitness?
A: Yes. The B. Fit room will be open and accessible to all members during this time of transition in order to allow for additional fitness space for members displaced by construction impacts in the Wellness Center. Members are also encouraged to utilize the Wellness Center at our Riverwalk location at 665 Martinsville Road in Basking Ridge.
Q: Will the Y make additional spaces available for members to stretch before, during and after a workout?
A: Yes. The Kinesis Room and Dance Studio will be made available to members looking for additional room to stretch before, during and after their workout if a regularly-scheduled class is not in progress. Members are also encouraged to utilize the Wellness Center at our Riverwalk location at 665 Martinsville Road in Basking Ridge.
Q: Who can I contact with questions about the Wellness Center?
A: Contact Lynne Applebaum.
Q: What can members expect to see in Group Exercise 1 during this time?
A: Beginning on Monday, Jan. 14 through Friday, Jan. 18, plastic sheeting will be in place to allow workers to access the exterior wall adjacent to the expansion and the former emergency exit door in the 2nd floor hallway. The far entrance to Group Exercise 1 at the end of the hallway will be inaccessible through the end of the summer. Members are asked to enter Group Exercise 1 through the hallway entrance next to the newly expanded and renovated 2nd floor bathrooms.
Additionally, instructors will now lead classes in front of the mirrors at the end of the room closer to the bathrooms while the mirrors along the current exterior wall are covered by the temporary wall through the end of the summer.
Q: Will members still be able to access Group Exercise 2, the Personal Training Studio and the Spin Room?
A: Yes. These spaces will remain fully accessible during this phase of construction.
Q: Will group exercise schedules be impacted?
A: Yes, some classes will be briefly relocated in order to minimize noise disruption for members. During the week of Monday, Jan. 14 through Friday, Jan. 18, the following classes regularly scheduled in Group Exercise 1 will temporarily take place in Group Exercise 2 (GX 2) or the Personal Training Studio (PT Studio):
Monday 1/14 8:30am Core Training will take place in GX 2
Tuesday 1/15 10:30am Kettle Bell Training will take place in PT Studio
Tuesday 1/15 12:00pm Zumba Gold will take place in GX 2
Wednesday 1/16 8:00am Pilates will take place in GX 2
Thursday 1/17 8:00am 20/20/20 will take place in GX 2
Friday 1/18 8:00am Ropes will take place in GX 2
Friday 1/18 12:00pm Zumba will take place in GX 2
All other regularly scheduled classes in Group Exercise 1 will continue as usual. Again, we apologize for any noise disruption members may experience during this week.
Q: Who can I contact with questions about the group exercise schedule?
A: Contact Lisa Pensabene.
Q: Why can't I stretch against the temporary wall in the Wellness Center or in Group Exercise 1?
A: The temporary interior walls constructed adjacent to the expansion in the Wellness Center and Group Exercise 1 are not weight-bearing walls. Please do not lean against them. In Group Exercise 1, specifically, the walls have not been secured to the wood floors in order to avoid damaging them. For your safety and the safety of others, please do not lean against the temporary walls. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Q: Will there be noise?
A: During the week of Monday, Jan. 14 through Friday, Jan. 18, members can expect to hear intermittent noise as ductwork is relocated and the weather-tight temporary interior wall is constructed. To expedite this part of the process, work will be done during normal operating hours. Members may experience additional noise in the 2-3 weeks that follow as the exterior brick and underlying sheet rock on the exterior of the building adjacent to the expansion is removed. We apologize in advance for any noise disruption you may experience during this time.
Q: Will workers have contact with members?
A: No. The plastic sheeting that will be in place during the week of Monday, Jan. 14 through Friday, Jan. 18, will provide a defined and safe working environment for contractors that allows access to accomplish necessary work while prohibiting members from coming into contact with hazardous materials and equipment.
Q: Will elevator service be disrupted?
A: No. Elevator service will be fully accessible at all times.
Q: Why is Somerset County YMCA expanding the Somerset Hills YMCA - Mt Airy location?
A: Expanding Somerset Hills YMCA will ensure that we can best serve our robust membership and also address evolving community needs. The expansion will enhance the membership experience and provide additional opportunities for programs and services that allow everyone to improve wellness and live healthy, connected lives.
Q: What does the total expansion and renovation project include?
A: The expansion project will include:
2-story, 14,000-square-foot addition to the back of the building
Expanded, modern Wellness Center on the 1st floor
3 new multipurpose studios on the 2nd floor
1 new Spin® studio with tiered levels on the 2nd floor
1 renovated multipurpose studio on the 2nd floor
New, larger restrooms on the 2nd floor
Upgraded mechanical system for improved climate control and comfort
Q: What will the Y be able to provide as a result of the expansion and renovation?
A: Renovations and additions will better enable Somerset Hills YMCA to continue to strengthen our community by:
Creating a more inclusive space to ensure individuals of all ages and abilities have access to programs and services
Providing new and more program options such as:
Innovative fitness classes and wellness options
Preventative health programs including chronic disease prevention and management
Additional programs for individuals with special needs
Programs that meet community needs and address social issues
Allowing for additional space to provide a safe and positive environment for social connections for all ages
Q: Will the expanded Wellness Center include new fitness equipment?
A: Yes. Within the expanded space we have plans to include new equipment in addition to the current equipment such as more cardio equipment, free weights and functional fitness area with turf.
Q: Where can I receive construction updates?
A: We will keep members informed about progress and any temporary changes that may occur through this page on our website as well as through email. To sign up to receive email communications from us, please subscribe here.
Q: How can I help?
A: All members are welcome to contribute to Somerset Hills YMCA’s capital reinvestment campaign. If you wish to learn more about opportunities to contribute to this exciting project and the future of Somerset Hills YMCA, please contact Kelly Castro today.