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April 30, 2014
The YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties broke ground on Monday for its $35 million Gordon Family YMCA in Sumner.
Crews from the Tacoma office of Adolfson & Peterson Construction have started work on the 10-acre site at the corner of 160th Avenue East and 64th Street East. They will be using tilt-up concrete walls to save money and time.
Tacoma architect BCRA designed the building with sloped roofs to reduce its overall scale and help it fit into the neighborhood of single-family homes. The building was also designed to meet LEED silver specifications.
When it opens in June 2015, the 110,000-square-foot recreation center will have a natatorium, gymnasium, climbing wall, running track, multipurpose rooms, racquetball courts and offices. It also will have an 8,000-square-foot arts center that will serve youth and senior citizens.
About 22,000 people are expected to use the new YMCA every year.
A&P has been involved with the project for several years, assisting the YMCA with property acquisition and working with the city to get funding and permits. It has partnered with the YMCA in the past on other projects.
The recreation center was named after the Gordon family, which owned Gordon Trucking. According to the company's website, Gordon Fast Freight was founded in 1946 by Jay Gordon, who initially hauled beer from Vancouver to Tacoma for Lucky Lager Brewery. The company bought several other trucking companies over the years and in 1984 merged with Gordon Trucking, which was run by Jay's son Larry and Larry's wife, Virginia.
After three generations of family ownership, Gordon Trucking was sold last November to Heartland Express of Iowa. Gordon Trucking has more than 2,000 trucks in its fleet.