The Villages at Carver Family YMCA resides in a mixed-income community, known as the Villages at Carver, which opened in 2001. The entire community spans 105-acres including a community center, a club house, jogging trails, and a linear park. The YMCA is an 8-acre sports complex located in Atlanta on Pryor Road, just south of the Atlanta Braves Turner Field. This YMCA provided the first organized, recreational program available for the Pryor Road corridor at that time. The Villages at Carver Family YMCA played a vital role in a revitalization effort by providing 500 inner-city kids new sporting opportunities during its first year alone. It also provides after-school and summer programs like baseball, softball, and t-ball, which will integrate academic enrichment and homework assistance with teamwork and character development.
The first phase of construction for the overall site development was The Braves Baseball Academy, which included four baseball fields, batting cages, pavilions and concessions. The four fields were funded by Atlanta Braves players Chipper Jones, Brian Jordan, Mike Hampton and John Smoltz, each of whom contributed money to the Metro Atlanta YMCA. The Atlanta Braves Foundation and the Baseball Tomorrow Fund also contributed money to support the academy.
The Baseball Academy opened in style on April 12, 2006. Atlanta Braves players Brian Jordan, John Smoltz, Chipper Jones and Mike Hampton were all on hand to help kick off the new Baseball Academy with the Braves Heavy Hitter drum squad and the Tomahawk Dance team.
The second phase of the YMCA was a two-story steel-framed structure measuring approximately 65,000 sq. ft. The facility offers an indoor swimming pool, whirlpool, gymnasium, basketball and volleyball courts, indoor walking/jogging track, wellness/fitness center, aerobics room, daycare center, and a media lab for youth and teens.
Several new modern and state-of-the-art systems were implemented during construction, including new pool filtration system, dehumidification unit, steam generator, fabric duct, light fixtures and "Poseidon" Life Guard system. The Poseidon system includes digital "eyes" installed in the walls of the areas of the pool over a depth of 5'-0" as well as cameras and readings at all depths and pool deck locations.
The existing steel structure, masonry and roof decking were sandblasted, prepped and refinished utilizing epoxy materials for longevity. All other portions of the existing pool, spa and locker room areas including doors, frames, hardware, windows, accessories, lighting, light fixtures, plumbing and plumbing fixtures were removed and replaced with new materials and equipment.
The project had a very aggressive schedule and tight budget constraints which were met to the YMCA's satisfaction.
Villages at Carver Family YMCA is LEED Certified.
Rain Water Harvest System - The project boasts a state-of-the-art Rain Water Harvest System (the system captures all rain water from the rooftop and saves it in an underground retention tank for uses such as the drip irrigation and toilet flushing etc).