Lyric Kirk Family YMCA

Custom Metal Panels



  • AIA KC 2021 Design Excellence Award of Merit!
  • 2022 KC Business Journal CapStone Adaptive Reuse Award!


The Kirk Family Community Center makes a dramatic statement for the Kansas City area YMCA.  By renovating an existing building, that has a rich history for many, the YMCA committed to making a statement about urban revitalization and the downtown community.  As more people move into downtown, the explosion of urban professionals, families with children and empty nesters drove the need for a community center that could respond to the wide demographic.

The Lyric Theatre Building, located in the downtown core, offered the YMCA a unique opportunity to restore and repurpose the nearly 100 year old building.

While preserving the facade and the grand lobby space was important, creating a link to the new amenities was the task for the Design Team at BNIM. Their solution called for a 42,000 square foot addition with a contemporary design.

SSM created a metal panel with a custom sectional shape specifically for this project.  Derived from our SSM 900 Series Panels, these units are also fabricated from .090″ aluminum with a clear anodized finish.   The primary panels have a “V” fold to create a unique, pleated shape while the soffit panels are flat.  Face panels were just over 3′ wide x almost 6′ tall.

Work also included custom .125″ soffit panels, doorway headers and transom trims plus perforated metal panels for the trash enclosure.

The efforts of all involved allowed the YMCA to illustrate a link to the past and a commitment to their mission to contribute to the future of the city.