YWCA Richmond

YWCA Richmond

Richmond, VA

Market Sector: Specialty
Size: 23,732
Year Completed: 2022


An organization with a strong mission needs a robust space to support its work. YWCA is one the country’s oldest nonprofit organizations supporting education, counseling, and support of women and children in crisis, facilitated through their Richmond HQ. Because of their diverse programmatic needs, the YWCA needed a flexible space to accommodate a variety of settings and programs, including: counseling center, multipurpose rooms for team and community meetings, workforce development, tenant space for future nonprofit partnerships.

SMBW completed a master plan to determine vision, functional needs, ADA accessibility updates, increased building security, and to modernize the building’s amenities. The redesign of this 110-year old 4-story building, seeking historic tax credits, required the design team to craft a vision for the space that honored its storied past and the future of the YWCA that increases operational efficiency, support staff growth, and facilitates a wide range of programs and events.

New amenities include a community lounge and exhibit space for community partners and volunteers, a flexible event space for 100 attendees, collaborative work lounges, and a incubator to promote women-owned entrepreneurs. The warm, light-filled interior welcomes the women of Richmond and serves the YWCA team, so that they may better serve the community.