YMCA Camp Menogyn
Project Type: Dining Hall Addition and Welcome Center
Client: YMCA of Metropolitan Minneapolis
The two phase project at Camp Menogyn near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area includes a dining hall and basement addition in Phase I and a Welcome Center and Maintenance Building in Phase II.
The Dining Hall addition provides additional seating needed during peak times and a more intimate setting for smaller gatherings held during the winter months. The existing basement was expanded under the addition to provide a sleeping area, storage, and a code-compliant exit route. Several maintenance items were included in the project as well including new windows, replacement of some kitchen appliances, the reroofing the entire structure to eliminate problematic ice dams.
Due to the environmental concerns and the remote site, care was taken to use non-toxic, sustainable products wherever feasible.
As the Camp is accessible only by boat, thorough planning occurred during design phases with the construction manager and camp staff to ensure products specified were available locally and could be transported across the lake. The second phase of the project will be designed through schematic design until construction funds are in place. The two part project includes an open-air Welcome Center for guests to notify camp staff of their arrival and a separate maintenance building for staff use and supply storage.