L.A. Lee YMCA Mizell Community Center

Client YMCA of South Florida
  • Programming
  • Architectural Design
  • Master Planning
  • Construction Documents
  • Interior Design
  • Permitting
  • Contract Administration
Status Completed in 2021
Success A much-loved neighborhood institution is reimagined and repurposed to serve emergent needs for all ages, from preschool through young adults, offering programming for healthy living, educational and business development, youth and family care, and social responsibility.

Emma Lou Olson Community Center

L.A. Lee YMCA Mizell Community Center

Fort Lauderdale, FL

As long-time advocates and supporters of the YMCA legacy and community model, SRS has been involved with the South Florida organization for nearly two decades, from architecture to master planning to construction oversight, as well as pro bono work on an as-needed basis. For the first of three new proposed YMCA projects, SRS is designing the new L.A. Lee YMCA Mizell Community Center located in the heart of Fort Lauderdale's African-American community. The iconic project expands outreach and provides a network of new services, spaces, and resources to address evolving community needs.

The redesigned four-story, 64,000 SF structure will offer preschool programming and child care; an outdoor swimming pool and swimming programs for water skills, exercise, and safety; two floors dedicated to wellness and fitness activities; a black box theater, youth zone, and rooftop terrace; and a fourth floor dedicated to educational goals, including GED and college entry preparation, presented by Broward College and Broward Schools. Intriguingly, the ground floor level features an incubator area for emerging entrepreneurs and provides eight retail bays to be leased for local businesses.