The YMCA of Northwest Louisiana and BHP Billiton have joined forces to develop a destination Campus dedicated to Wellness, Education, Conservation, and Athletic Competition. PDS was instrumental in making this vision and dream become a reality from its very inception. PDS worked closely with representatives and volunteers to develop ideas, concepts, designs, renderings, and budgets for the project. This effort resulted in a major donation from BHP Billiton, one of the largest corporations in the World. This made the project a tangible reality.
The project includes a Wellness Space, Exercise and Spin Studios, Meeting Rooms, Indoor 50 meter Competition Swimming Pool, Family and Warmup Pool, Juice and Coffee Bar, Dining Space, and Administrative Support Space. The existing Baseball Fields have been removed and new competition fields will be built with modern support facilities, lighting, and equipment. A Nature Conservatory and Education Center will be built on wetland and marsh lands owned by BHP Billiton. The nature park will include elevated wood walkways leading through the natural surroundings to allow children and adults to experience areas that were previously inaccessible for easy viewing. This will allow for close viewing of wildlife in their natural habitat.