New YMCA gets ready to open

Updated: Jan 13

By Mark Hughes Cobb Staff writer Published: Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.

Last Modified: Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 8:22 p.m.

The muscle and bones stand solid and dynamic, ready to receive and envelope the minutiae, such as weight machines, bicycles, flat-screen TVs, computers, chairs and desks.

With just about three weeks from the opening of the new main YMCA, construction continues, finishing duct-work and adding other touches to the bricks, glass and metal. Flooring of tile, wood and concrete are in although the last of those soon will be covered in glued-down mats, in the main exercise room.

To come soon is what developers call the FFE: furniture, fixtures and equipment. Oh, and toilets: The showers and steam rooms have been built in the men’s and women’s dressing rooms, but the lockers, tables — in the women’s a mirrored vanity area; in the men’s, a 55-inch TV — and plumbing are on their way.

The new downtown facility, a few blocks from the old one, will open on time, Aug. 1, said YMCA of Tuscaloosa County CEO Ashley Waid, while giving old members and new prospective ones tours of the work in progress.

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