Jackson R. Lehman Family YMCA

Ft. Wayne, IN


The new Jackson R. Lehman Family YMCA was created to be a fully accessible facility designed with people with special needs in mind. The Y received a generous donation of $2 million from the AWS Foundation expanding its program for people with intellectual and development disabilities helping them function at their highest potential.

Photos courtesy of JRL Photography

Pool Type

Indoor 25 Yard

Therapy Pool

Wellness Facility

Project Type


Wellness Facility

Project Service

Design Services


Completed 2017


Bona Vita Architecture

Project Amenities

The 73,000 sq. ft. facility offers two pools, wellness center, indoor track, gymnasium, community, room, teaching kitchen, chapel, and studios for spinning and aerobics.

To accommodate the estimated 20,000 people with disabilities, the Y offers two special changing rooms with beds to assist caretakers, and a sensory room where children and adults with autism can adjust to their surroundings. The wellness areas with fitness equipment have aisles wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair, and the facility contains an in-house physical therapy clinic operated by Parkview Health.

3,500 sq. ft. Competition Pool

Ramp and stair entries

Six 25-yard lap lanes

Starting blocks

Basketball goal

Volleyball net

1,300 sq. ft. Exercise Pool

Ramp entry

Various spray features

Therapy railing

Parallel bars

Hydrotherapy bench

Similar Projects

Chicago Public Schools (Audits and Renovations)

View Project

Bur-Mill Park Aquatic Center

View Project

Concord High School Natatorium

View Project

New Search

All Types

  • All Types
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Competition
  • Instructional
  • Recreation
  • Wellness and Therapy
All Sectors

  • All Sectors
  • Parks and Recreation
  • University Athletics
  • Univ. Campus Recreation
  • Schools - K-12
  • Hospitality
  • Non-Profit
  • Waterparks
  • NCAA/Pro-Sports
  • Military
  • Private Development
  • Other
All Services

  • All Services
  • Audit
  • Design
  • Operations
  • Studies
All Locations

  • All Locations
  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District Of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming
  • International