Construction work began this week on a $3.5 million expansion and renovation to the .
Architect Healy Bender and Associates of Naperville is leading the project to upgrade and modernize the building and add 10,000 square feet of space so the Y can expand its after-school childcare programs and create more activity space for youth programs.
“It’s exciting to see visible changes underway,” Y Executive Director and CEO Howard Schultz said in a press release. “We’ve been planning for these improvements for years, and now we’re ready to deliver the fresh, welcoming environment that our members and guests have wanted. We hope people in the community will stop by to see everything that we have to offer.”
On Monday, board members and Y administrators gathered to watch workers from Crane Construction begin the first steps in the process: removing a large front window.
The window was removed as part of a project to redesign the building's lobby and allow more natural light. Work to renovate the men's and women's locker rooms will also begin this week.