Newton, Kansas Branch
Downtown Wichita, Kansas Branch


Nationally Recognized YMCAs

Schaefer Architecture has been working with various YMCA communities and branch directors for over twenty years. We have designed sport venues, camp facilities, indoor and outdoor aquatic parks and over 1.5 million square feet of YMCA spaces in five different states. Our work has become nationally recognized for our superior YMCA designs.

Greater Wichita YMCA Northwest Branch:
2008 Keeper of the Plains
Robert D. Love Downtown YMCA:
2013 International Interior Design Association Mid America Design Awards (MADA)
Farha Sports Center:
2016 AGC of Kansas Award of Honor
Newton YMCA:
2018 AIA Wichita Design Award
Downtown Wichita, Kansas Branch
Newton, Kansas Branch

Our specific design strategies are utilized in order to create very successful YMCA facilities. We believe that our designs help bring meaningful change to individuals and communities with a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

Our consistent process evaluates the adjacencies of the program spaces, the proper flow and circulation of the patrons, the appropriate finish materials, and the energy of the programs, the options available and the overall functionality of the facility.

Schaefer prides itself in producing long-lasting, sustainable, energy conscientious and easily maintained facilities that can be enjoyed by YMCA communities for many years.

YMCA Camp Hyde
Waukee, Iowa 
“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, Greater Wichita YMCA
Northwest Wichita, Kansas Branch
El Dorado, Kansas Branch
Andover, Kansas Branch Aquatics Complex
YMCA Farha Indoor Soccer Complex
YMCA Farha Sports Center