Orokawa Family Center Y

Towson, Maryland

The Orokawa Family Center Y was designed to foster the Y Of Central Maryland’s goal of creating an active, accessible, and healthy community center incorporating physical activity with spiritual health. This fitness and aquatics center is entered by the open-plan lobby and flanked by the three core program components; the pool complex, the gymnasium ,and the fitness area. From the lobby and family lounge area, any number of activities can be viewed. Program elements include multi-purpose rooms, an aerobics studio, cycling room, sauna, and a family lounge area complete with a fireplace and hearth. The fitness area, gymnasium, and pool complex are separate blocks with gabled roofs that are linked by the flat-roofed lobby and lounge area that looks out over the entrance. The facility is complete with an enhanced energy and heat recovery system, advanced insulation, highly reflective (SRI) roofing, Energy Star fixtures, and a no-chlorine pool water treatment system.