YMCA of Greater Worcester - Central Branch
Worcester, MA


The YMCA of Greater Worcester Central Branch facility has been altered significantly over the past 100 years to respond to changing societal needs and evolving program requirements. Unfortunately the expanding complex has lost sight of its original architectural intention.

The YMCA initiated a design competition to select an architect to guide them through the renovation process.

DRA was selected by the Y’s Board of Directors for its vision and approach which emphasized an overall master plan with prioritized elements which best accomplished the goals of increasing membership, creating a new image and strengthening community ties.

The DRA solution proposed a new glass lobby connecting to Main Street with direct visibility to a new Wellness Center and new circulation core providing access to all levels of the renovated facility. The other “high priority” items to be renovated include the men’s, women’s and family locker rooms, the Teen Center and member lounges.


Addition / Renovation
30,000 SF Renovation
1,300 SF Addition 
$5 million

Principal in Charge:

Carl R. Franceschi, AIA, LEED


Project Manager:

Calvin Olson, AIA

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235 Bear Hill Road, Fourth Floor
Waltham, MA 02451
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South Windsor, CT 06074
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