In the Spring of 2017, ORB Management engaged with the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region in the initial planning stages of redeveloping its Downtown location. The Downtown Colorado Springs YMCA has been an asset to the community for more than 45 years, serving families from their facility at the corner of Nevada and Bijou since 1972.
ORB, using its objective approach, worked with YMCA leadership to assess the physical, functional, and financial goals for the Downtown branch, ultimately coming to the conclusion that building a new facility in partnership with an third-party development team would be the most effective way to achieve their goals. In the fall of 2018, a search process commenced to find the right partner for the YMCA and its Downtown branch.
After initiating conversations with multiple development teams, and accepting proposals from three finalists, the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region entered a Memorandum of Understanding setting a path forward with White Lotus Group of Omaha Nebraska in July 2019. Their successful proposal utilized creative financing mechanisms that would allow the YMCA to obtain a new facility in a cost-effective structure for the long term, while ensuring there would be no gap in member services. White Lotus Group also brings mission-alignment and extensive experience working with YMCA’s on similar projects. The existing YMCA will continue to operate while the new facility is built on an adjacent, vacant parcel, an overall solution that is sensitive to the important role the YMCA plays in the community.
The plan calls for a 3-phase project that will touch areas of the entire city block. Phase 1 will include the new 60,000 – 80,000 square foot YMCA facility plus 100 – 200 units of mixed income housing at the corner of Nevada Ave and Platte Ave. Phase 2 is slated to deliver mixed-use offerings with roof-top amenities in place of the existing YMCA facility, with phase 3 utilizing the existing parking lot at Weber and Platte to deliver mixed use and/or office space.
Overall, the plan not only delivers a cost effective, long term solution to maintain a large YMCA branch in Downtown Colorado Springs, but delivers other synergistic uses including housing, office space, and retail offerings that will re-energize the block while creating a great new environment for current and future YMCA members and the downtown community.
Construction on Phase 1 is expected to commence in early 2021 with delivery in 2022. All other phases will be delivered in succession over the next 5-10 years.
Southwest West Central Service Cooperative in Montevideo celebrated opening their new facility this past week!! The 22,250 SF building accommodates 30-45 students with additional expansion capabilities of 24-34 students.
Kim Barse was the Project Executive and orchestrated the various steps in the planning, design and construction processes. He also took part in the ceremony!
Opening new doors!!
ORB celebrates another grand opening this fall at the Freshwater Education District in Wadena! The 32,000 SF building houses students in grades 2-12 enrolled in Freshwater’s Setting IV programming and also the education district’s staff.
Kim Barse, ORB’s Project Executive, orchestrated the various steps in the planning, design, and construction processes.
It was a day of celebration at the Mid-State Education District this past August during their ribbon-cutting ceremony! The new Setting IV Learning Center in Little Falls, MN is now open for students.
ORB served as the Owner’s Representative for the District to orchestrate the various steps of the planning, design and construction processes.
ORB Management was recently named the Owner’s Representative for the Cordera Community Center and Pool Expansion project for La Plata Communities in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Residents of the Cordera community are looking forward to the expansion of the Community Center. The project will consist of a new lap pool, a new pool auxiliary building and upgrades to the existing recreation pool deck and equipment. Construction is planned to begin October 1st of this year. The work will be complete by Memorial Day weekend of 2020. Photos courtesy of Cordera.com.