Robert D. Love Downtown YMCA

The Downtown YMCA provides a community safe haven for more than 20,000 under-served youth by providing family nutrition education, swim lessons, youth sports and after school programs. Situated among historic Wichita buildings, the 116,000 square foot Robert D. Love Downtown YMCA is a keystone of rejuvenation for downtown Wichita and the Greater Wichita YMCA.

2015 LEED Gold Certification
2014 AIA Kansas Excellence in Architecture
2014 AIA Wichita Excellence in Architecture
2014 Keeper of the Plains
2013 IIDA MADA Silver Award Sports & Recreation
2013 IIDA MADA Best of City Center

Innovative, sustainable design solutions were incorporated in pursuit of LEED Gold Certification. Design challenges included redeveloping an EPA-designated brownfield site; diverting more than 75% of construction materials and waste from landfills; reducing energy consumption by 25%; mitigating the heat island effect through highly reflective parking and roof materials; providing natural daylight and stimulating views; eliminating the use of potable water in flush systems by reuse of backwash from the swimming pool; and providing bottle fillers at all water fountains to promote the reuse of bottles.

The Robert D. Love Downtown YMCA has not only aided Wichita’s revitalization efforts, but also has had a positive effect on the YMCA’s membership.

“We have attracted new members, and have seen long team members become excited and reengaged. Since the opening of this building, our downtown participation has increased five-fold. Yes, a 500% increase, and is still growing!”
— Dennis Schoenebeck, Former Executive Director of Greater Wichita YMCA