Northside YMCA / Young Leaders Academy

Milwaukee, WI

This 115,000 square foot complex includes a family aquatic center, a field house/gymnasium, child care, a full fitness center, and classrooms for 500 K-8 students.

In combining the Young Leaders Academy with the Northside YMCA, a place was created where two organizations could reach more families and children to make a positive impact on the community.

A single entry serves both the Academy and the YMCA with some areas of the building reserved for traditional YMCA programs, and others for the school.  Examples of shared space include the gym, the cafeteria/community hall, the media center/library, and the aquatics center.

Completed in 2002.


  • ASID Wisconsin Design Excellence Award – Recreation / Hospitality (Gold) – 2002
  • City of Milwaukee Mayor’s Design Award – 2002