YMCA of Frederick County Inspires Creativity in a New Way

Case Study 2.17

Graphcom Helps the YMCA of Frederick County Create an Interactive Display Using Modern Materials

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Founded in 1858 and serving more than 12,000 members and 30,000 program participants each year, the YMCA of Frederick County (the Y) is a nonprofit organization that works with community partners to improve the lives of children, adults, and families in and around Frederick.

The Y’s purpose is to strengthen and enrich the development of individuals and families through quality programs and services that build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. Encouraging, supporting, and improving healthy living habits, among members and throughout the community, is central to their purpose.

The Challenge

Thanks to a recent grant from the Rotary Club of Carroll Creek, the Y recently added a new Maker Space Studio at the Y Arts Center—a 20,000-square-foot hub for creativity and unparalleled performance opportunities in the heart of downtown Frederick. The Y wanted a fun and interactive way to grab attention and encourage creativity in the Studio, as well as a way to recognize the Rotary’s contribution to the center. We knew we wanted to create a dimensional wall display, but during group brainstorming sessions between the Y and Graphcom, a question arose—how can we make this display truly interactive?

The Solution

The team at the Y looked for a solution that allowed members, staff, and visitors alike to continuously add to the display—something that could be drawn on. After discussing the project, Graphcom proposed using clear-cast acrylic panels with reverse-printed vinyl on the back. Dry-erase laminate was applied to the front side of the acrylic, essentially making the display a large dry-erase board. To create a truly dimensional look, four acrylic thought bubbles were CNC-routed and UV-printed with a flatbed printer and installed to the front surface with black metal standoffs. The Y provided the art and Graphcom finalized the layout.


The Results

The project came to life as the 22-foot wall was installed, featuring the Rotary’s logo and icons and graphics representing technology, art, fiber arts, and building—four pillars of the Studio’s programs and educational focus. The piece now allows those who pass by it to display their creativity in a space where it’s valued most.

What’s Next

Graphcom has developed a wonderful relationship with the Y. We have worked with them on a multitude of projects including interior and exterior signage, creative and print projects, and more. In the future, we will continue to provide high-impact solutions for the Y’s requests and look forward to our next project together.

“Graphcom was great to work with! Their signage knowledge helped us choose the best material for the space, production was smooth with clear communication every step of the way, and their staff installed it quickly and in time for our Rotary recognition event. I couldn’t be happier; I love how the wall turned out!”

Fawn O'Hara

Director of Marketing and Communication, YMCA of Frederick County

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