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May 5, 2023


Photo by Madison Bischoff
The new YMCA replaced a nearly century-old building in downtown Salem.

YMCA Salem

Location: Salem

Contractor: Mid-Valley Construction

Architect: CBTwo Architects

Team: International Union of Painters and Allied Trades; Northwest Carpenters Union; CWallA; GTS Interior Supply; L&W Supply; Spears Construction Supply; Armstrong World Industries; CertainTeed Gypsum; ClarkDietrich/Vinyl Corp.; Clinch-On Cornerbead Co.; DeWalt; Fry Reglet Corp.; Georgia-Pacific; Hamilton Drywall Products; Hilti; Safti-Seal; Scafco Steel Stud Co.; Simpson Strong-Tie; STI Firestop; Trim-Tex; USG Building Systems

The new YMCA Salem is a three-story, 54,000-square-foot multipurpose building located in the center of historic downtown Salem, continuing its legacy of youth development and community involvement in Salem since 1892.

The Mid-Valley Construction team was tasked with replacing the original YMCA built in 1926, one of the oldest standing YMCA buildings on the West Coast. The new building was constructed in the same location as the original and continues the YMCA’s mission to build a healthy spirit, mind and body around a tight-knit circle of support.

The building features a community meeting room, which is named the Capitol Room in honor of Sen. Peter Courtney who helped secure funding from the Oregon Legislature, a rooftop terrace and a running track with a lighted canopy. The track is a throwback to a treasured asset in the old building, with 10 laps around the new rooftop track adding up to a mile.

There were significant challenges on this project, including material, logistic and labor issues brought upon by COVID-19. The project was designed to have the natatorium painted with a high-performance coating made for pools. These coatings are specifically formulated to provide superior protection in areas that come into contact with pool water and elevated humidity. The team underwent rigorous training, and purchased specialized equipment to apply the coatings properly and safely, to ensure the highest quality finished product.

Despite the challenges, building such a high-profile building for one of the world’s largest nonprofits came with the obligation to complete the project on time and within budget, a challenge met by the team at Mid-Valley Construction.

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