Wilkes-Barre YMCA Residences at the “Y” Renovations

Project Name

Residences at the “Y”


Wilkes-Barre, PA

Project Description

Quandel Construction Group was selected as general contractor for the renovation program for the historic Wilkes-Barre Y.M.C.A. that included creating 21 modern student apartments, restructuring existing facilities and a thorough cleaning and repair of the building’s masonry.

Occupying the fourth, fifth, and sixth floors of the six-story historic building, the apartments were designed to serve local college students. A new stair tower was extended to the fourth floor to access the apartments and a new ramp was built through the existing mechanical room, which required extensive coordination to allow the building to remain in service.

Quandel was also tasked with moving an existing historic stairway to allow for handicap access with a new lift while preserving the historic charm. Part of the project also included renovating the front entrance and creating a dedicated entry for residences leading into a high ceiling lobby, equipped with seating, a mail area and an adjacent leasing office.

A new fitness center now occupies the space of the former swimming pool. Locker rooms were modernized and the women’s fitness center in the basement was renovated. A new elevator and roof were also part of the project as was the installation of a new air conditioning system.

Square Footage

40,000 Sq. Ft.

Owner’s Name

Wilkes-Barre YMCA


Williams Kinsman Lewis Architecture

Quandel’s project management staff and superintendents were fully dedicated to the project from the start to the completion. Quandel stayed with the project to the end to be sure all issues relating to construction were properly addressed and managed. The renovated YMCA is functioning well as it was designed. Members enjoy the use of the new wellness center and the improved logistics of navigating a complex building. The apartments have been well received by the tenants and are holding up to the test of occupancy!
David Yeager, President | Radnor Property Group