by ALEXANDRA RETTER
The new Winona Family YMCA building on Parks Avenue is halfway done, and community members may still donate to support the work.
The construction of the new building is 50-percent complete. Amid the pandemic, the construction has remained on track for the building to be substantially completed around the end of October and opened around early or mid-November, Winona Family YMCA CEO Janneke Sobeck said.
Sobeck shared that she recently went on a few tours of the space, and she enjoyed seeing aspects of it such as its lighting. “It’s been incredible to get into the space and see the dimensions,” Sobeck noted.
Market and Johnson, a construction management and general contracting company based out of Eau Claire, Wis., has been working on the new building. “We are continuing to make great progress on the YMCA project and have taken full advantage of the warmer weather the last couple weeks,” Project Superintendent of Market and Johnson Josh Zibrowski said in a statement. “Overall, things are coming along nicely and as scheduled.”
Financial donors have continued to honor their pledge commitments for the new building during the pandemic as well, Sobeck shared. She added that the YMCA aims to raise about $2 million more with its capital campaign for the new building. Around $20 million has been raised so far, and the overall project cost is approximately $22 million, she explained.
“I would say we have done great work in fundraising so far, and we’re very close to the finish line,” Sobeck stated.
There are separate funds associated with the capital campaign for the new building and costs for existing operations, Sobeck said. There are not yet financial concerns about the new building that are related to the current building being closed amid the pandemic, she noted. Membership fees assist with general operation expenses and YMCA mission work; they are not going toward construction costs.
The YMCA also received an investment of about $2.5 million for the new building. The investment is tied to a New Markets Tax Credit, which is a federal income tax credit utilized to spur investment.
The new YMCA will feature fitness, weight and group exercise facilities, a six-lane pool, a whirlpool, a steam room and a gymnasium, among other amenities. In addition, Winona Health’s physical therapy, speech language pathology and occupational therapy services will be present there, as will office space for Live Well Winona and the American Red Cross.
More information about contributing to the capital campaign may be found at https://www.winonaymca.org/new-building.