YMCA of the Mid-Peninsula was developing the 30,500 sq.
ft. Phase II expansion of their existing 56,000 sq.
ft. facility at 2400 Grant Road, Mountain View, California.
Carrasco & Associates came up with a design solution that
consideration the existing building's form and materials,
the natural setting adjacent to Cuesta Park, and the
appearance from Grant Road, as viewed by neighboring
expansion includes a full-size basketball court/gymnasium,
weight room, Teen Center, multiuse rooms, dance/aerobics/yoga
room, and fitness testing offices. The design concept
is one of careful massing of the large fitness rooms
and larger gymnasium with separations of glass corridors
and lobbies. A playful form is utilized for the Teen
Center. Clerestory windows bring natural light into
the gym space and create interest. Materials for the
addition are plaster and concrete walls and metal curving
roof panels. Window wall is clear anodized aluminum
with clear glass.
minimize the visual effect of the large gymnasium volume,
the floor level of the gym is set 12 feet below grade;
thus, the highest point of its roof is less than 30
feet above existing ground level. A major landscape
feature, a sculpted amphitheater, creates the transition
from existing grade to the basement level of the gymnasium
facility. A lobby which serves the gym and aerobics
room opens to this amphitheater for indoor-outdoor uses.
Natural light can be brought into the basement spaces
through a feeling of spaciousness, and allowing views
out from the lower level to pleasant landscaping. From
across the street, one cannot see into the amphitheater;
thus, the building mass appears as a one-story building.
Trees and vegetation consistent with existing landscaping
at Cuesta Park will be used to screen the building from
neighboring homes and from Grant Road.