Architect: Brian Viehland, Design on the Square Owner: YMCA of Trenton Location: Trenton, NJ Status: Preliminary Design
As the YMCA grows, it seeks to completely renovate the existing facilities. After the completion of the Locker Room Renovation currently underway, the YMCA leadership hopes to construct a new fitness center building adjacent to the pool, semi-enclose the pool and add provisions for a pneumatic dome over it in winter, expand the parking lot, and add a new playground.
Architect: Brian Viehland, Design on the Square Engineer: The Davinci Group Owner: YMCA of Trenton Location: Trenton, NJ Completed Summer 2016
The Trenton YMCA occupies a building that had been a grocery store. Over several decades, haphazard alterations were made to attempt to adapt the building to the needs of the Y, but a lack of overall planning left the building with an entrance from the street opposite of the parking lot, daycare rooms adjacent to the pool, and restrooms that required kids to go past open group showers to get to the toilets.
After renovations, the YMCA now has a large glass vestibule entry from the parking lot, a separate entrance for the daycare program with a secure check-in/check-out counter, additional program rooms for yoga, spin class, and karate, and larger fitness center. These new program spaces are all arranged along a window wall facing the road showing off the YMCA to potential members driving by.
In addition to the changes to the layout, the old locker rooms were gutted and replaced with new restrooms and separated locker rooms with private showers and changing stalls, ensuring that the kids didn’t have to go into the locker rooms to use the restroom.
Design Architect / Architect of Record: Lami Grubb Architects Consulting Architect: Brian Viehland, Design on the Square Tenant: Propel Schools Contractor: CMI Location: Braddock Hills, Pennsylvania Completed: Summer 2011
This project involved the interior and exterior renovations of 48,000 square feet of an existing building for a charter high school tenant fit out. The new school included creating new classrooms, offices, break-out rooms, specialty rooms for science, art, dance and a recording studio. The former big-box construction supply store was also fitted out with all new restrooms, a warming kitchen, electrical and data systems, and multiple new HVAC units. This project was completed in joint partnership with Lami Grubb Architects, the architect of record. Design on the Square participated with Lami Grubb Architects in schematic design and design development, provided coordination with the engineering consultants, and produced construction drawings.
Design Architect / Architect of Record: Lami Grubb Architects Project Architect: Brian Viehland Owner: Manchester Bidwell Corporation Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Completed: Fall 2005
An underutilized storage area was converted into a state of the art chemistry lab and classroom used for training laboratory technicians at this vocational post-secondary school in Pittsburgh. Brian Viehland was the project architect for this building while a project architect at Lami Grubb Architects.
Design Architect / Architect of Record: Lami Grubb Architects Project Architect: Brian Viehland Owner: Allegheny County Housing Authority Location: Duquesne, Pennsylvania Completed: Fall 2004
A joint venture between the Allegheny County Housing Authority and the Boys and Girls Club of Western Pennsylvania produced this $1.3 million dollar multiuse building on a cramped sloped site. The building houses a regulation size basketball court, activity rooms, meeting space, offices, and support spaces and provides the youth in the neighborhood a safe place to go after school to keep them off the streets. Brian Viehland was the project architect for this building while a project architect at Lami Grubb Architects.
The construction of this building is a hybrid of pre-fab and traditional building systems. set partially into the hillside. The building affords ground level entry on both floors and allows parents to stand on the balcony to watch the children play in the gym below.