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Improving the Embarcadero YMCA for Our Members: Progress as of 4/1/18

Update 4/1/18

Dear Embarcadero YMCA Members,

As we head into Week 5 of our three-month construction project, our Temporary Fitness Center located on the third floor in our basketball court is now open for workouts. Our new fitness facility will feature energy-efficient lighting, high speed WIFI, anti-microbial carpet tiles for easy clean and replacement, impact absorbent rubber flooring in our free weight, and new functional training areas. Additionally, we will have new workout areas for TRX and boxing, additional stretch areas, and nearly an extra foot of ceiling height in some areas.
Please visit our website to view our blog for updates and photos as construction continues from now until June 9th. Our group exercise schedule will run on an alternate schedule from now until June. We are working with the construction team to ensure we stay on schedule. We’re here to help you during this transition so please reach out to us with any questions. We hope you are also excited with all the new features being added to the third floor. Thank you for your patience!




Update 3/16/18

Dear Embarcadero YMCA Members,

Thank you for your patience and continued support of the Embarcadero YMCA as we head into Week 2 of our 3-month construction project.
We are happy to announce the opening of the Temporary Fitness Center located on the third floor in our basketball court.
We have moved our cardio and fitness equipment into this temporary area for our members to access.

    Saturday, March 17: 
    • Temporary Fitness Center opens up in Basketball Court
    • Updated Group Exercise Schedule 

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We have started demolition on the third floor—below are pictures of this week’s progress.
Please remember to follow our blog or the most updated information or visit our second-floor lobby to see our construction bulletin board. 




Mick Hughes

Senior Executive Director

Embarcadero YMCA

(415) 615-1312



Update 2/21/18

Dear Embarcadero YMCA Members,
As many of you know, we will begin Phase II of our 3rd-floor fitness area refresh renovation project in early March. We have finalized the schedule with the contractors and we wanted to share the details with you.
The work that will be completed in Phase II is on the third floor only, and will:

  • Improve the design and function of the floor to more fully meet your fitness needs.
  • Remove walls and an office to create more space for your workouts.
  • Open up our ceiling to maximize height options and replace lighting.
  • Replace flooring throughout the cardio and free-weight area.
  • Upgrade the restrooms to meet current ADA Standards.

To do this work, we will move the equipment currently on the fitness floor into the basketball court (more information about the impacted programs below). Turning the basketball court into a fitness center will require us to close the entire 3rd floor at the beginning and end of the project. 
While the 3rd-floor fitness area is closed, all other floors and programs will remain open, including:

  • 1st-floor Cycle Studio and TRX Studio
  • 2nd-floor pool and locker rooms
  • 4th-floor Wellness/Yoga Studio
  • All business services and functions will remain open throughout.



March 10-16: 3rd floor is closed 

  • 1st, 2nd, 4th floors and roof remain open.
  • Group Exercise operates on an adjusted schedule (check online or on the YMCA of San Francisco App).    


March 17: Temporary Fitness Center opens up in Basketball Court. 


March 17-May 31: Renovation continues on 3rd floor.


June 1-8: 3rd floor closed to move fitness equipment into final placement. 


June 9: Renovated 3rd floor reopens along with Basketball Court, Group Ex Studio and Kinesis Studio!


I apologize in advance for any inconvenience this project may cause and ask you to keep in mind that our end goal is to improve your experience at the Embarcadero YMCA. When developing this refresh renovation plan we did the following:

  • Analyzed current and expected fitness trends.
  • Conducted internal and external fitness program and equipment assessments.
  • Held online forums with current and past members to gather needs and wants.
  • Held in-person interviews with current and past members to gather needs, wants, and to test our plans.

I know you will agree that the Embarcadero YMCA is a very special community due to our amazing members. You all help us provide a welcoming, judgement-free, engaging, and fun environment. We know this renovation will make the Embarcadero YMCA even better. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me or one of the following Directors with any questions:

Mick Hughes
Senior Executive Director
Embarcadero YMCA
(415) 615-1312


Update 12/15/17

The beautiful original brick wall has been exposed and our bright and early-bird members are, once again, enjoying the beautiful San Francisco Bay view!

Update 12/5/17

Three weeks in and progress has been made. The brick wall along the Embarcadero wall has been exposed. To protect the brick, walnut shells were used, instead of sand, to blast the walls clean.



Update: 11/21/2017

It's Day 2 of our renovation project and as you can see, the "construction elves" have created a rather surreal world here at our beloved Embarcadero YMCA.


Embarcadero YMCA Renovation Project

The Embarcadero YMCA has been a space where communities have gathered since 1908. What was originally built as an Army and Navy YMCA, the Embarcadero YMCA has transformed many times over the past 100+ years to serve the ever-changing needs of its membership. 

As the Y strives to uphold our facility to high standards, this November, the Embarcadero YMCA will begin its first steps in an improvement project to better serve our community. During the renovation, we will be installing new fitness equipment (treadmills, ellipticals, barbells, abdominal benches, and extra squat racks), creating new designated workout areas to accommodate pull-up bars and functional training, installing a new air conditioning unit for the Group Exercise studio, and upgrading our WiFi and cable TV connections. 

To better serve you during this process, we will be updating this blog with time lines, renderings, and other information so that you can stay informed on the progression of this project. If you have any questions or concerns about this upcoming renovation project, please contact Susanna Schlub, Director of Healthy Living, at or stop by her office on the third floor. 

New Equipment Coming!

We are looking forward to enhancing your member experience with updated equipment. For more information on how to use these pieces, please see a Wellness Coach on the third floor.

A Birds-eye View

The floor plan will be updated and expanded to create an improved fitness experience for all members. This will include new equipment, new flooring, and designated workout areas to accommodate functional training. 

A Modern, Open Feel 

We will be updating the ceiling to give the space a more open feel. We will also create designated areas with increased ceiling heights to accommodate pull-up bars and other exercises requiring additional height. The Embarcadero brick wall will be exposed to highlight our rich history along with our beautiful bay views.

Our New Welcome Center

To better serve our members, we will be creating a Welcome Center that will always be staffed with a Wellness Coach. Here you'll be able to get answers to all of your fitness questions and sign-up for complimentary wellness and nutrition sessions.

Project Timeline

Phase I: 11/20/2017 - 12/18/2017

Phase I of the project will include exposure of the Embarcadero brick wall, renovation of the office areas to create more fitness space for members, and updated equipment. The Embarcadero YMCA will be shutdown from Monday, 11/20 to Sunday, 11/26 (with the exception of holiday camp, which will run from Monday, 11/20 to Wednesday, 11/22) and will re-open on Monday, 11/27. During construction from 11/27-12/18, certain areas of the fitness floor may be temporarily re-located or closed. In the event of noise, disposable ear plugs will be available for member use. Please check back as the timeline will be frequently updated with new information.

Phase II: 3/19/2018 - 6/22/2018

Phase II of the project will include renovation of the ceilings, flooring, and Welcome Center. During this time, certain areas of the fitness floor may be temporarily re-located or closed. In the event of noise, disposable ear plugs will be available for member use. Please check back as the timeline will be frequently updated with new information.