Houston Texans YMCA

The Houston Texans YMCA, named after the city’s NFL team, is a LEED® Gold Certified facility designed for Houston’s south central area. The building is defined as a catalyst of activity and movement within the community. Solving the programmatic riddle inside the building relates primarily to how the facility can interact with its context. The concept interweaves solids and voids, transparency and opacity. Large glazed openings align and orient toward vehicular traffic while opaque volumes reflect programs inward.


Site organization maximizes the use of outdoor space allowing for future growth without disrupting these areas. The project minimizes impermeable surface by negotiating the use of an adjacent shopping center’s parking lot. Interior spaces include a child care area, administration offices, basketball courts, and fitness areas. A community room is centrally located providing easy access and visibility during community partner functions. The Houston Texans YMCA will house a display wall honoring the memory of community leader Quentin R. Mease, the director of the original South Central YMCA.

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