Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Building Update - We're Completing Phase II

More pictures available on Flickr.
One year ago, we celebrated the completion of the most extensive renovation to our building in its 75 year history.  In addition to a long desired elevator, we were able to replace the slate roof, renovate offices along the north side of the building and completely rebuild the bathrooms on the 2nd floor, thanks to the generous support from hundreds of Y friends.
But we didn't stop there.  Over the past year, we have moved forward with Phase II of our renovation plans, including:
  • Remodeling of the 3rd floor lounge and upgrading two of the dorm rooms;
  • Constructing new office space in the basement; and
  • A complete overhaul of the Student Program Office in our basement made possible with a generous lead gift from Dale and Arlene Robb.
See more 3rd Floor and SPO pictures on Flickr!

This past year we have also taken steps to help finance the maintenance and upkeep of the building by developing and implementing a plan to set aside 12.5% of our rental income to support three critical needs:
  • Operating & Maintenance Fund to pay for ongoing repairs;
  • Building Emergency Fund to cover significant, unexpected needs; and 
  • Capital Improvement Fund to help supplement future renovation projections.

Finally, using the Principles of Stewardship developed by our Building Committee and adopted by the Board of Governors, we are looking to the future with a major emphasis on sustainability.  Working with students enrolled in the University’s LINC (Learning In Community) program, we are exploring new initiatives that will provide a blueprint for future projects.  
Each semester University students work in teams to research and develop proposals that we can implement as resources become available.  Last semester students investigated installing a green roof and solar panels on our roof and making the space more usable.  This semester students are examining the use of our parking lot and implementing policies to encourage more sustainable modes of transportation.  
Future projects include renovating Latzer Hall and reducing water/energy consumption.
As always, none of this would be happening if not for our friends and supporters.  It is your generosity that makes this all possible and we greatly appreciate it!  

To donate to the building fund, please visit our Support Us page.

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