After five years of planning and fundraising, the Stanwood-Camano YMCA is now a reality, providing an inviting space for community members to achieve new health goals, receive before and after school care, join group fitness classes and clubs, and experience endless opportunities to learn and connect.

YMCA of Snohomish County worked with volunteers, community leaders, and the Stanwood-Camano School district to identify community needs, and together with GLY and BCRA, design a facility that has something for everyone. Located within a half mile radius from three schools and a senior living facility, the Y is a hub of activity for both young and old.

The two-level 46,000 square foot facility — a combination of CMU, steel and wood structures — features a natatorium with a lap and leisure pool and a lazy river, full size gymnasium, locker rooms, fitness space with cardio machines and strength training equipment, exercise studios, meeting rooms, and program and office space.


  • Working with local firms was a project priority. Approximately 36% of the total contract was awarded to Snohomish County subcontractors and suppliers.
  • GLY championed an “in-kind” donation effort from subcontractors and suppliers resulting in project savings.
  • The GLY on-site management team and a significant number of the field personnel were local residents.


YMCA of Snohomish County

Owner Representative

Avalon Project Management + Consulting



General Contractor



46,000 SF

Year Completed



LEED Silver

Project Stats


community members


lane competition swimming pool


of contract went to local firms

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Nanatorium Hybrid Roof System

A hybrid structure system was used for the Stanwood-Camano YMCA’s nanatorium, the largest nanatorium in Snohomish County. Wood glulam beams with dimensional purlins and steel columns create the appealing exposed wood ceiling focal point desired. Installation required special care in order to prevent water staining that would be visible once construction was complete, a similar challenge encountered when building with mass timber.

Man on treadmill in the gym at Stanwood-Camano YMCA
GLY had shown a great ability to understand and address the special needs of our YMCA facilities in terms of quality of materials required, accommodations for special and diverse needs, and the complexity of the aquatic environment in our facilities.

Peter Morris, Senior Vice President of Properties YMCA of Greater Seattle

Indoor pool and water acitivies at Stanwood-Camano YMCA
Basketball court and game at Stanwood-Camano YMCA
Pilates class at Stanwood-Camano YMCA
Entrance and check-in area at Stanwood-Camano YMCA
Common and meeting space at Stanwood-Camano YMCA
Changing room with lockers at Stanwood-Camano YMCA
Children's play area at Stanwood-Camano YMCA
Man on treadmill in the gym at Stanwood-Camano YMCA
Multi-purpose meeting room at Stanwood-Camano YMCA