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Dec. 3, 2018 – Now that the topsoil has been stripped, we’ve begun pouring cement to lay the foundation for our expansion! Once the cement is poured complete, we’ll begin installing vertical beams on top of the concrete that will ultimately create the framework of the building your new space.

Footings and Foundation 22

October 11, 2018
 – Plumbing supplies coming in through the front door

While we have and will continue to do our best to minimize disruption to our members, the recent rain in our area has presented a very muddy challenge as we prepare to receive key plumbing supplies for the 2nd floor bathroom renovations currently underway. 

We apologize in advance for any disruption to members entering/exiting the facility tomorrow, Friday October 12th as we will need to receive needed supplies through our main entrance and not through the rear of the building due to the muddy conditions and risk of tracking all of that in through the building.

Thank you to our members for your patience and support as we work to make our Y better for all.

October 2, 2018 – Stripping topsoil to make room for the expansion!

Today offers a more quintessential visual representation of our construction project: A bulldozer pushing around dirt in the process of stripping the topsoil that lies where our 14,000 sq ft expansion will rise.

Site work 4
September 28, 2018 – 2nd floor bathroom rough plumbing work complete

Rough electric and plumbing work in the 2nd floor bathrooms is complete and ready for some pipes!

Phase 2 Rough Plumbing 3  Phase 2 rough plumbing 1
September 24, 2018 – Job trainer on site & privacy fencing in place

The privacy fencing has been expanded to accommodate construction activities now in full swing and the job trailer is on site, serving as home base for our general contractor and skilled subcontractors working side by side to move the project along.

Silt Fencing 2  Phase 1 Privacy Fencing 5  Job Trailer
September 13, 2018 – 2nd floor bathroom construction is underway!

A temporary wall has been constructed around what will become the newly expanded bathrooms on the 2nd floor. On the inside, contractors have completed the rough framing of the space (see below) in preparation for plumbing work.

New Rest Room 1  New Rest Room 2  Phase 2 Rest room Framing


Groundbreaking Ceremony – Distinguished guests gathered for the ceremonial groundbreaking that marked the beginning of Somerset Hills YMCA’s expansion project, including (left to right) President of Frankoski Construction, Joseph Frankoski; Somerset County YMCA Senior VP & CFO, Karyn Lightcap; President of Somerset County Business Partnership, Mike Kerwin; Mayor of Bernards Township, John Carpenter; Chair of Somerset County YMCA Board of Directors, Mark Irwin; Somerset County YMCA President & CEO, David Carcieri; Somerset Hills YMCA employee and Special Olympian, Kristen Clark; Somerset County Freeholder, Mark Caliguire; Vice Chair of Somerset County YMCA Board of Directors, John McManus; Property Development Committee and Somerset Hills YMCA Branch Board Member, Michael Osterman; Somerset Hills YMCA Executive Director, Cheryl Tuturice; Somerset County YMCA Vice President of Property Development, John Gorman; Principal of Kramer & Marks Architects, George Marks; and Somerset Hills YMCA Branch Board Member and Founder of the Saturdays in Motion Program, Art Raynes.

September 5, 2018 - Somerset Hills YMCA, a branch of Somerset County YMCA, officially broke ground during a ceremony to celebrate the beginning of a $7.0 million expansion project that will enhance the Y’s ability to serve the community. 

As a charitable organization, the Y’s cause is to strengthen community. Somerset County YMCA is delivering on that cause by investing in Somerset Hills YMCA in order to best serve the health and wellness needs of Somerset Hills residents, as well as to meet emerging community needs. The Somerset Hills YMCA expansion is part of the Y’s “Strong Past, Bright Future” campaign–a campaign to support reinvestment projects for all four branches of Somerset County YMCA.

“With over 145 years of serving Somerset County, the Y has established a strong past as the foundation upon which to build a bright future. We are setting our sights higher because we believe our Y holds great promise,” said David M. Carcieri, president and CEO of Somerset County YMCA. “This project is about more than bricks and mortar. It’s about the impact it will have in the community by removing barriers for everyone to be physically active; by creating a safe, positive environment for social connections; by expanding programs for children, adults, seniors, and individuals with special needs and all abilities; and by offering even more preventative health programs and addressing social issues.”

Community leaders and local officials were on hand for the ceremonial groundbreaking to demonstrate their commitment to the Y’s cause. Event attendees included Somerset County Freeholder, Mark Caliguire; Assemblyman Erik Peterson’s Chief of Staff, Kevin Oswald; Bernards Townsip Mayor, John Carpenter; Somerset County Business Partnership President and CEO, Mike Kerwin; members of Somerset County YMCA’s Board of Directors and Somerset Hills YMCA’s Branch Board.

“In my family, our lives revolve around the Y. I understand the value the Y brings to the community,” commented Somerset County Freeholder, Mark Caliguire. “The fact that Somerset Hills YMCA needs to expand is great – it means that the Y is helping more people to improve wellness and get healthier. In fact, Somerset County is the 2nd healthiest county in the state. I applaud the board, donors and staff for making this expansion a reality.”

At the groundbreaking event, Art Raynes, a longtime Y member, branch board member and founder of the Y’s Saturdays in Motion program, shared his thoughts on the importance of the expansion. ”For 27 years my family has had so much fun running Saturdays in Motion, the volunteer-led recreational program for children with autism at the Y,” remarked Mr. Raynes. “They Y has always been exceptionally welcoming and accepting, especially to individuals with varying abilities. At the Y, we look beyond the disability and just see the person – that is what makes this an incredible place. This expansion will lead to even greater inclusion and participation.”

The Somerset Hills YMCA project, a two-story, 14,000 square foot addition to the back of the building, will include an expanded, modern Wellness Center on the first floor, and three new multipurpose studios, one new Spinning® studio with tiered levels, one renovated multipurpose room and new, larger restrooms on the second floor. Additionally, an upgraded mechanical system will improve climate control and comfort throughout the building. 

Somerset Hills YMCA’s ambitious project is the result of hard work and collaboration on behalf of Somerset County YMCA’s dedicated board volunteers and staff leadership over the past three and a half years, as well as the generous support of donors. Through philanthropy, donors to the Y’s campaign have an opportunity to make a meaningful and lasting impression on the community. For more information on how to support the project, please contact Kelly Castro, vice president of philanthropy, at 908 630 3535 x100.

September, 1 2018 - 2nd floor hallway progress update

Contractors were busy on Saturday pouring concrete and leveling the floor in the 2nd floor hallway. The images below capture some of the action behind the scenes this weekend: 

Photo Sep 01, 9 18 59 AM Photo Sep 01, 10 50 08 AM Photo Sep 01, 10 20 57 AM Photo Sep 01, 10 46 35 AM Photo Sep 01, 12 05 50 PM

August 30, 2018 - Minor detour ahead

Demolition on the second floor is progressing! We are sharing this update to inform members who utilize the 2nd floor that there has been a minor change to the construction schedule:

  • Group Exercise 1 Studio to reopen on 9/4 as planned

  • Minor delay: 2nd floor hallway to remain partially closed for an additional week: 9/4 - 9/10

What does that mean for accessing 2nd floor studios?

  • Group Exercise 1 Studio will be accessible via the door closest to the stairwell and elevator; the 2nd floor hallway past that point will remain closed off through 9/10
  • Group Exercise 2 Studio, Personal Training and Spin Room remain accessible only through the Wellness Center stairwell through 9/10

We do not anticipate further delays with respect to the reopening of the 2nd floor and appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to make our Y better for all.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  Will group exercise classes be impacted 9/4-9/10?
A:  No. Remaining work being done on the 2nd floor will work around our group exercise class schedules to minimize the impact on our members.

Q:  Who do members contact with questions about the group exercise schedule?
A:  Contact Lisa Pensabene

August 27, 2018 - Week one is done and demolition on the second floor is underway! 

Catch a sneak peek of what's going on behind the scenes:

Second floor hallway demolition Second floor hallway demolition  Second floor hallway demolition

August 15, 2018 - Construction is starting next week! 

Members may notice construction materials and vehicles on site as well as some parking lot restrictions. Please excuse any inconvenience as we prepare to make our Y better for all.

What will happen next?

 OPEN (Accessible through Wellness
Center stairs)

 CLOSED 8/18 - 9/3
 Group exercise studio 2

Group exercise studio 1

 Personal training studio

2nd floor hallway

 Spin studio
 2nd floor bathroom (closed through
December 2018)

Frequently Asked Questions 

Q:  Where will my group exercise classes be held in the meantime?
A:  We have done our best to accommodate classes. Please download the schedule below before your visit to the Y. 

Download our Construction Group Exercise Schedule for August 18 through September 3

Q:  Who do I contact with questions about the group exercise schedule?
A:  Contact Lisa Pensabene

August 6, 2018 – Since 1948, Somerset Hills YMCA has been serving the needs of the community through programs and services that transform lives. Looking toward the future, we want to ensure that the Y can best serve our current members and also address emerging community needs in the years to come. This includes programs for children, adults, seniors, individuals with special needs, as well as programs that address social issues such as mental health, substance abuse prevention and chronic disease. With that in mind, in August of 2018, the Y will embark upon an exciting expansion and renovation project. The expansion will open additional space for enhanced wellness and program opportunities.

Expansion Overview

The expansion project will include a two-story, 14,000 square foot addition to the back of the building as well as mechanical system enhancements for better efficiency, climate control and comfort throughout the facility. The expansion will also include the following: 

2nd Floor Plans 

  • Three new multipurpose studios
  • One new Spin® studio with tiered levels
  • One renovated multipurpose studio
  • Larger, more modern restrooms

1st Floor Plans 

  • Expanded, modern Wellness Center to run the full length of the Gymnasium, which will allow for increased: 

    • Functional fitness training
    • Free weights
    • Cardio equipment
  • Relocating Wellness Center offices to create a more open space
  • Level and replace Wellness Center flooring for improved accessibility

Expanding to Serve

The expansion project will continue to strengthen our community by:

  • Expanding and improving wellness space that removes barriers for everyone, all ages and abilities, to be physically active
  • More program space throughout the building and opportunities to expand programs
  • Additional space to provide a safe and positive environment for social connections 

To minimize the impact on members, the expansion will be completed in phases. It will begin August 18, 2018 and is expected to conclude in 18 months.

This expansion will allow us to provide you with the best possible experience at the Y, and we are excited about the opportunities it will bring.

What can you expect?

Regular updates on project progress will be posted here and sent to subscribed members via email. Sign up below to receive our emails.

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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 expansion and renovation project include?

A:  The expansion project will include:
  • Two-story, 14,000 square foot addition to the back of the building
  • Expanded, modern Wellness Center on the 1st floor 
  • Three new multipurpose studios on the 2nd floor
  • One new Spin® studio with tiered levels on the 2nd floor
  • One 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: What is the timeline for construction and completion?

A: Work will commence on August 18, 2018 and is expected to conclude in 18 months

Q: What is the cost of the Somerset Hills YMCA expansion and renovation project?

A: The total cost of the project is approximately $7.0 million

Q: Will this project affect Somerset Hills YMCA membership or program fees?

A: No. The cost of expanding and renovating Somerset Hills YMCA will be funded through donations and community support. However, the fees for membership and programs are reviewed annually and are subject to change.

Q: Will construction impact how I utilize the facility?

A: To minimize the impact on members, the expansion will be completed in phases and we will work with our contractors to mitigate disruptions for our members. As various areas of the Y are impacted, we will make accommodations when possible and members will be informed through this page on our website, email and signage in and around affected areas. To sign up to receive email communications from us, please subscribe here.

Q: Will parking be affected by the construction activity?

A: A portion of the far end of the parking lot by the end of the gymnasium will be reserved for construction vehicles as needed according to each phase of the construction.

Q: Will the renovation have an impact on child care programs?

A: Through our planning for the construction, we have worked to minimize any impact on our child care programs, including our Early Education Center and School Age Child Care. If and when there will be any impacts to how these programs utilize our facility, participating families will be informed in advance. Kidz Korner babysitting for members while they work out will be unaffected by construction.

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.

Q: Where can I receive 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: Will members be able to utilize other Somerset County YMCA locations?

A: Yes. Members are always welcome to utilize the nearby Riverwalk location as well as Somerville YMCA, Bridgewater YMCA, and Hillsborough YMCA. Learn about our other locations here. Additionally, your membership allows you visit any YMCA in the United States and Puerto Rico at no additional cost, provided they participate in the Y's Nationwide Membership. Click here to learn more.

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.