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YWCA Sioux Falls, SD


Before

YWCA Sioux Falls, SD

In 2000, the YWCA building no longer adequately served its mission. Dorm-style rooms originally housed in the east wing of the building were vacated many years ago. These were partially converted into a daycare facility as part of a 1980’s renovation.


Before

YWCA Sioux Falls, SD

Before

The 1980 renovation also blocked up windows and added an elevator and an opaque entry. Other areas of the building had not been touched in 40 years.


YWCA Sioux Falls, SD

Recently the YWCA asked Koch Hazard Architects to prepare a master plan for the facility to show how it could best accommodate the organization’s expanding and evolving programming. The master plan included: expanded daycare capacity, expanded fitness space, a conference center, an office suite, improved accessibility and improved visibility.


YWCA Sioux Falls, SD

Upon approval of the master plan, fundraising ensued. At the conclusion of the campaign, Koch Hazard Architects was asked to try to accomplish all of the program elements of the plan but at 64% of the originally budgeted cost. With a lot of owner/architect teamwork, this objective was accomplished. Low cost, high impact improvements to its exterior eliminated the building’s boarded-up appearance and created a sense of welcoming transparency with reshaped windows and a bright new entrance.


Entrance (before)

YWCA Sioux Falls, SD

A light spacious new lobby, carved out of a collection of small dark rooms, includes a small cafĂŠ placed to overlook the street.


Reception (before) YWCA Sioux Falls, SD

New openings were created to provide views into surrounding activity spaces.


Existing First Floor Plan

YWCA Sioux Falls, SD

First Floor Plan


Existing Second Floor Plan

Second Floor Plan

Existing Third Floor Plan

Third Floor Plan

YWCA Sioux Falls, SD

The second floor of the former dorm wing was converted into a small conference center and the third floor into an office suite, leaving about half the third floor as unfinished storage space.


South Elevation

West Elevation

YWCA Sioux Falls, SD


YWCA Sioux Falls, SD

The YWCA says that since completion, membership inquiries are up and existing members are using the facilities more often.