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Hopewell Valley YMCA: design competition

Hopewell, New Jersey
Master Planning
20,300 SF

David G. Bosco, RA, LEED AP was a consultant to Hone + Associates, a firm specializing in LEED project delivery.



David was fortunate to work beside a talented team of Architects and Design Consultants on a design competition for a YMCA.  The design was developed to follow the (LEED) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design guidelines that could result in an internationally recognized green building certification.  Ultimately this design submission received a second place prize of $15,000.

David participated in the overall project’s analysis and documentation of the:  site context, master plan, building design, solar studies, and LEED requirement checklist.

David encouraged the use of economical common structural components and finishes, not only to simplify the building’s design but also ultimately to be considerate of the competition’s projected project budget of $15 million dollars.

The overall master plan was designed to take advantage of several site specific variables such as: access, noise, solar exposure, neighboring homes, while focusing on shared parking and a submerged storm water management system.

The building’s layout took into consideration for a future pool and parking addition.    This future building construction could occur simultaneously with the YMCA’s hours of operation while not jeopardizing the patrons.

With just about every space designed to take advantage of natural day lighting and views of the surrounding landscape, the intended building systems would be highly efficient and well integrated with the overall design strategies providing a long-term value to both the owner and the occupants.

A preliminary assessment of the performance of the proposed master plan and building indicate that, with sixty-five possible points under LEED NC 2.2, the design could achieve the outlined goal of a LEED silver certification.