Shonna Sargent, Center Executive for the Richmond County Family YMCA, ready for temperature checks at the YMCA Safety Station.

Big changes have been underway at the Richmond County Family YMCA. With a focus on being safe, clean and healthy, on June 5 the YMCA reopened to members and the community. But that is not the only change. Earlier in the year, during the COVID-19 closure, the project leadership team consisting of Randall Kipp Architecture and Joe Heyman of the Allen Group were busy renovating the interior and starting new outdoor construction at the center. Now, new walls, new flooring, bright colors, and a completely updated look and flow of the facility will greet you upon reentering the YMCA. 

Joe Heyman of The Allen Group says, “We utilized the time during the COVID-19 closure and have finished the interior renovations. Now, with this revitalization and the bright colors and traffic flow, the facility is so much more open and inviting.” Work continues outside with the new Fitnasium. “I know everyone is excited to see it completed and we are aiming to finish for a grand opening early this fall,” said Heyman. Throughout the construction project, he has worked closely with Shonna Sargent, center executive at the Richmond County Family YMCA. When asked about the reopening, Sargent says, “We were beyond ready to open our doors with all the amazing renovations. It’s been great to welcome back our members and to see and hear all of the reactions to our space.” 

Even though the YMCA is newly reopened, being safely prepared to enjoy the YMCA programs and new facilities is an ongoing challenge during the COVID-19 pandemic. The YMCA has answered this challenge and during the Phase II of reopening for Virginia, the Y set up a safety station to check temperatures for everyone upon entry, instituted aggressive cleaning measures throughout the building, and created appropriate space between machines and equipment to promote social distancing. Sargent says, “Our staff has been fully trained on the safest cleaning and operating procedures so we can ensure a healthy member experience for everyone.”


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