May 1 - 3, 2019 • Seattle

Convening the peer group of North American YMCA C-suite staff in the domains of facility development, real estate, facility design and facility management, the Facility Summit for Large YMCAs will be three days of networking, learning and inspiration.

About The Event

The Facility Summit Moves to Seattle

After the debut of the Facility Summit in New York City in 2016 and with a spectacular encore performance in Chicago in 2017, we were challenged to come up with an equally compelling and provocative host city to build on our momentum – and we landed on Seattle. Seattle is a world-class city with incredible attractions and an ideal platform to inspire and facilitate learning, sharing, and collegiality for all our Summit participants. We’re convinced that YMCA leaders who are committed to facility development, facility design, and facility management will appreciate the stellar architecture and real estate development so vividly evident in one of the fastest growing regions in North America. Home to Amazon, Starbucks, Boeing, and Microsoft, the Puget Sound region is one of the most significant forces in shaping the nation’s economy and social fabric in the 21st Century.

The Puget Sound provides an abundance of innovative thought leaders (including our colleagues in the region’s YMCAs) who we’ll tap into to stimulate back home application of “lessons learned”. We’ll use the communities of the Puget Sound and the exceptional YMCAs therein as a “laboratory” of how to leverage real estate assets to be a significant player in addressing contemporary social challenges in our cities.

Of course, Gro is always seeking ways to infuse our work with fun and what can be more fun than enjoying all Seattle has to offer including Pioneer Square, the Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum, and Pike Place Market? Summit participants can also consider a pre or post conference extension to take in a Mariner’s game or do some whale watching. The local food and music scenes are also spectacular. And, of course, for those who want to keep their exercise routines percolating, there’s ample opportunity for biking, walking, or running along the waterfront.

See you in Seattle!

Seattle Skyline
Pike Place Market
Ferris Wheel

Event Sessions At A Glance

The Summit kicks off Wednesday (5/1) with a pre-dinner reception and concludes Friday (5/3) at Noon. The content of the 2019 Facility Summit for Large YMCAs will consist of a blend of sessions including panel discussions, presentations by subject matter experts, case studies and peer-to-peer learning. The sessions of the Summit will be balanced across the subjects of YMCA real estate & facility development, YMCA architecture and interior design, and YMCA facility management.
(Events below are tentative and subject to change:)

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Facility Development / Real Estate

Advancements & Evolving Trends in Funding for YMCA Development: Examples of Project Funding Blends (tax credits, sales & leasebacks, State grants & incentives)

Case Studies in YMCA Development Partnerships (schools, hospitals, municipalities)

Case Studies in Redevelopment of Downtown/Legacy YMCAs

Panel Discussion: YMCA/Developer Interface applying recent project examples

Economic Impact and YMCA Development: Stating the Case for Public Support

YMCA Real Estate Transactions: A Re-Cap of Recent Transactions Supporting New Development

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Architecture & Interiors

Trends in YMCA Architecture: From the Application of Prototypes and New Standards to Models in Flexibility, Inclusion & Member Engagement

Healthy Buildings & Healthy Members: YMCAs Joining-On the New WELL Building Standard

Three New Looks: Rolling-Out New Interior Design Finish Systems, Branding & Color Pallets for New & Renovated Ys

Case Studies in New YMCA Design: Highlighting Four Recently Completed Projects: Scope, Cost, Impact & ROI

A Focus on Safety: Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)

The Project Team: Assembling High-Performing Project Teams for Project Design, Construction & Execution

Facility Management

Facility Management

Panel Discussion on the Intersection of Operations and Facility Management: Improving Operations Through Meaningful Cross-Team Management & Performance: Facilities, Finance, Operations & HR

Developing and Measuring Facility Operating Metrics To Inform Optimization & Performance

Trends & Opportunities in Energy Management and Utility Usage Reduction Programs

Analyzing YMCA Project Costs From Professional Fees to Constructions Costs and Soft Costs; Sharing of New Budgeting Tools

Staffing Models for YMCA Facility Management: A Panel Discussion on In-House and Outsourced Approaches Their Comparative Costs, Benefits, Risks & Impact

Event Registration

Early Bird Registration: $395

Hotel Information

The Edgewater

2411 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98121

Summit Booking Rate:
$249 / night + tax City-Side
$319 / night + tax Water-Side

About The Edgewater:
Resting atop Pier 67 on Seattle’s sparking Elliott Bay, the four story 223-room Edgewater is Seattle’s original waterfront hotel. Originally built for the 1962 World’s Fair, The Edgewater Hotel remains as Seattle’s only waterfront hotel and has become a beloved local landmark. In 1964, the Edgewater played host to the Beatles during the band’s first world tour. Since then it’s been a turnstile of leadership and talent streaming through the Edgewater, including, ‘yes’, the Village People. Having stayed at the Edgewater in the late 1970’s, the Village People are said to have headed to the hotel bar for a few drinks after the concert and were spontaneous serenaded by the bar patrons with a version of their own hit song “YMCA”.

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May 1 Wednesday 11:45am


Southern Loop Tour

Full! Waitlist Only
UW-Tacoma YMCA

UW-Tacoma YMCA

Located in Downtown Tacoma and built to serve both the students of the University of Washington-Tacoma, a mostly commuter campus, the University Y is unique in both its location and this partnership type – YMCAs with systems of higher education. Discover the inner workings of this unique partnership, including its funding and ownership model, while experiencing a world class YMCA design.



Located in a city owned park, the new Kent YMCA is the result of a private/public partnership between the YMCA of Greater Seattle and the City of Kent – a city of 125,000 residents, 25% of whom are under the age of 18. Learn of the mutual benefits of this Y/municipal partnership model, learn of the project’s budget and resulting funding blend, and hear about the Y’s opening program and membership development campaign, while experiencing it in its final months of construction!
(hard-hats will be provided)

Northern Loop Tour

Full! Waitlist Only
Everett YMCA

Everett YMCA

Replacing an aging Y located in Everett’s traditional downtown core, the new Everett YMCA, currently under construction, and placed just half-mile south of downtown, will become the new flagship for the YMCA of Snohomish County. Learn about the decision making process to relocate the Y out of downtown, the sale of the existing building, and the design highlights of the new facility, experiencing it while under construction.
(hard-hats will be provided)

Sammamish YMCA

Sammamish YMCA

Join us on a tour of this beautiful 69,000 square foot facility that is made possible through a public/private partnership between the Y and City of Sammamish. Built in Sammamish’s Town Center on nine acres of city owned land, the Community and Aquatic Center is bringing the community together and will create a lasting impact for years to come. With a 50-year lease as sole operator, the Y will greatly expand its positive impact in Sammamish and Eastside Communities. Learn more at:

Tour space is limited and on a “first come-first served” basis until all spots are filled.
Reserve your spot by registering today.


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