YMCA Launches Construction on New Branch

The YMCA of Rock River Valley has officially launched construction on the interior of the new Puri Family YMCA serving southeast Rockford and the Cherry Valley region.  Sunil Puri and his former business partner Dan Arnold generously donated the building at 1475 South Perryville Road in 2015. The building will undergo $1.4 million of renovations to convert it from an office space into a YMCA.

“We have spent the past year raising and securing funds to begin construction,” said Mike Brown, CEO, YMCA of Rock River Valley. “We are eager to transform this space and make it a place our community will enjoy. We want this to be a destination for health seekers, families, youth and seniors. We have done a lot of research on the latest trends to serve people of all ages as they pursue a healthy spirit, mind and body.”

The 15,500 square foot facility will offer many of the same amenities as our existing YMCA locations. Programs will focus on healthy living, youth development and social responsibility. The Puri Family Y will offer a cardio and weight training room, unlimited fitness classes, personal trainers and wellness coaches, access to FitPath health tracker, senior social clubs, youth sports, at-risk youth programs and Childwatch services. 

“The Puri Family Y is an important investment in the health and future of the Rockford area,” said Sunil Puri, Founder and President, First Midwest Group. “We are excited to give more families access to programs by providing another convenient location where no one is turned away thanks to the YMCA’s Open Doors income-based rates and additional financial assistance.” 

“As a charitable organization, we want everyone to be able to experience the opportunities the Y has to offer,” said Mike Broski, Chief Volunteer Officer (Board Chairman), YMCA of Rock River Valley. “We couldn’t carry out our mission without the generous support of Mr. Puri and other donors.” 

Saavedra Gehlhausen Architects have been working with Y leaders to design the space to meet the needs of members and staff. Schmeling Construction will be the contractor on the project. The construction timeline will take four months to complete. The Y expects to open the branch in Spring 2017.

“However, new members don’t have to wait until April to join the Y,” said Brown. “We are looking for the people who want to be among the first to join and support this new Y location.”

The Y will soon begin selling charter memberships to the Puri Family Y. The first 250 members to join before the branch opens will be rewarded with an exclusive charter membership package full of special benefits and perks, which includes a discounted charter member rate, charter member swag, name recognition inside the branch and early access to the new facility before it opens to the public. Click here for more details on charter membership.
Photo caption from left to right:
Steve Schmeling, Schmeling Construction
Julia Halsted, Chair of Puri Family YMCA Advisory Council
Mike Brown, CEO & President, YMCA of Rock River Valley
Sunil Puri, YMCA Donor, Founder - First Midwest Group
Dan Saavedra, Saavedra Gehlhausen Architects
Mike Broski, Chief Volunteer Officer (Board Chair), YMCA of Rock River Valley
Brent Pentenburg, Chief Operations Officer, YMCA of Rock River Valley