Beginning in 1999 Mr. Vara began an exciting new chapter in his career. With heightened awareness of the importance of physical fitness, design of Fitness and Recreational Facilities has taken on greater importance.
At that time he designed his first YMCA. The unique design captured the attention of the National YMCA and became a prototype for YMCA facilities to come. In all Mr. Vara has designed and built 3 YMCA facilities ranging from 75,000sf to over 100,000sf. Additionally he has designed several other as of yet unbuilt facilities. The most recent YMCA project houses some truly unique facilities. A fully fitted demonstration kitchen and training facility designed in collaboration with Wegmans. This feature highlights a unique approach to a fitness facility design. A blending of fitness, nutrition and healthcare. The later is highlighted by a 2,000sf physical therapy gymnasium. More than simply one stop shopping, the facility harmonizes these symbiotic functions.
Having established himself as an expert in fitness facility design, Mr. Vara has branched out into other areas of fitness and recreation design. From state park comfort stations to boardwalks over the protected sand dunes on the beaches of the Great Lakes, his wide ranging experience includes some truly unique designs. Blinds for bird watching, prototypical park ranger housing, regulation sized indoor soccer, lacrosse and baseball facilities are just some of the highlights.
The following is a partial list of Fitness and Recreation clients and owners that Mr. Vara has collaborated with to produce some truly unique designs:
BuffaloNiagara YMCA ( two new facilities built – multiple prototypes and smaller projects)
Olean Family Branch YMCA – Olean NY
Town of Orchard Park Recreation Department
Sahlens Sports Park
Town of Lewiston Recreation Facility
New York State Department of Parks and Historic Preservation
Lockport Ice Rink
Orchard Park Little League
Orchard Park Country Club
Harvest Hill Golf Course
Town of Orchard Park Soccer Complex