ABOUTGro

Gro is a national leader in the development, design, and management of YMCAs and other community-based facilities. We aspire to elevate the performance, relevance, sustainability, and compelling nature of our clients’ membership centers and program venues. In development and design, Gro’s portfolio of projects includes both new construction and renovation projects. We have completed over 200 YMCA projects, and the estimated current value of our Ys under contract is $500 million.

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OURIMPACT

Formed to deliver on both the local and enterprise-wide facility initiatives of the nation's cause driven non-profits, Gro provides professional services in the arenas of facility development, facility design and facility management consulting. Through its service delivery, Gro advances the facility portfolios of its clients to the most compelling, sustainable, and highly performing centers for youth development, health & wellness, and community engagement.

OURPHILOSOPHY

Our consulting services are arranged to suit the particular size, complexity and customized needs of the project at hand and will vary from client to client. Not all clients need the same consulting services. The most important part of our process is to fully understand our client’s needs and to tailor our services accordingly.

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CLIENTS

Gro is extremely proud of our work with community-based organizations of all sizes and descriptions throughout the United States. Our current work includes service to the nation’s two largest YMCAs (New York and San Diego), and in contrast, several Associations with annual operating budgets under $1M. We are also working on a comprehensive facility development strategy with the Lutheran Church in New York City. Whether in new development and design, or the ongoing management of existing facilities, Gro’s current and recent client roster includes dozens of large, mid-size and small organizations as measured by budget size and property holdings.

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In The News The Latest from Gro

Winston YMCA

WINSTON YMCA OPENS ITS DOORS IN JACKSONVILLE

On Friday, August 26th, the Winston YMCA hosted a celebratory ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony, marking a new era for health and wellness in Jacksonville, Florida. Named after local civic leader, real estate developer and philanthropist, James H. Winston, the new $21 million, 72,000 SF facility replaces the aging Yates YMCA.

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New Bronx YMCA

MAYOR DE BLASIO ANNOUNCES NEW BRONX YMCA

Gro is happy to share some exciting news for the community of the Edenwald area of the Bronx, NY. On Wednesday, August 3, 2016, Mayor De Blasio announced construction to begin on a new YMCA in fall 2018.

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PROJECT HIGHLIGHT - SHEPHERD YMCA FIREHOUSE

Gro Development is thrilled to announce the opening of an exciting restoration and renovation project in La Jolla, California. Members are now able to take part in the Shepherd YMCA Firehouse’s many new improvements.

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2016 Thingamajig

GRO SPONSORS YMCA’S THINGAMAJIG IN DC

Gro was proud to act as a sponsor for the YMCA of Greater Washington’s 22nd Annual Thingamajig Invention Convention on Thursday, July 28th 2016. More than 4,000 children and 400 volunteers took part in the event at the Show Place Arena.

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Green Bay Downtown

PROJECT HIGHLIGHT: GREEN BAY DOWNTOWN YMCA, WI

After 90 years of serving the community, the Green Bay Downtown YMCA has certainly earned itself a make-over. With over 2,000 current participants, the Downtown branch's membership is expected to grow significantly once construction is complete.

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PROJECT HIGHLIGHT: KATY MAIN STREET YMCA, KATY, TX

Construction is underway for the new $12 million Katy Main Street YMCA project to address the doubled population over the last decade. Set to house a branch of YMCA of Greater Houston, the facility showcases a responsive building design that is open and engaging to all.

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The Weingart-Lakewood Family Ymca Wins AIA Design Award

One of Gro's facility projects, The Weingart-Lakewood Family YMCA, has been awarded a Long South Bay 2015 Design Award by the AIA. As AIA's website states, "Every two years since 1968, the AIA Long Beach/South Bay Chapter has celebrated outstanding architecture through its Biennial Design Awards Program.

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Project Highlight: Carlisle Family YMCA

Gro has been working with the Carlisle Family YMCA in Pennsylvania to renovate their aging facility. The building, which dates back to 1899, was once a three-story school house and has seen several renovations over the years.

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The Facility Summit for Large YMCAS

Over the course of Monday, March 14 through Wednesday, March 16, 2016, senior staff of North America's largest Ys gathered for the inaugural Facility Summit for Large YMCAs. The Summit served as the basis for an ongoing peer group of C-suite staff ...

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Project Highlight: Stoico/Firstfed YMCA

In Swansea, Massachusetts, another fantastic development opened its doors to much anticipation and excitement. Formerly the Grace Gospel Church, the Stoico/FIRSTFED YMCA helps the YMCA SouthCoast to serve their community and also have reach that they didn’t have before

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Transforming Space

Northshore Magazine has done a great write-up about the renovation project at Merrimack Valley YMCA's Andover/North Andover branch. The article talks about the association's history before launching into the newly renovated and reinvigorated facility's state-of-the-art features and developing role as a community hub. Check out the full article here.

Read the New and Improved Pipeline

The new and improved PIPELINE has been retooled as a reflection of the Y-USA’s new partnership with Gro Development. The PIPELINE is a quarterly newsletter that contains facility news for and about YMCAs. The PIPELINE is available through a free subscription by simply e-mailing your request to TDoster@gro-dev.com. We’re also asking all current subscribers to re-subscribe to make sure all your e-mail addresses are current.

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