We have named our $12-15 million, 45,000 sq foot renovation/expansion Breaking Boundaries! We have chosen this name because we are literally breaking boundaries by physically tearing down the walls of our club to create an even more amazing member experience for you.

We are also breaking the boundaries of anything our industry has done to date by creating brand new boutique style group exercise studios, completely redoing and expanding the adult locker rooms, relocating and redesigning Six Zone to be located adjacent to the Fitness Center, re-configuring the Salon and Spa to be located on the first level – offering the style, status and amenities of a five star resort, adding a 6,000 sq ft Wellness Center and redesigning the entrance and the NACafe to offer more space and the feel of a fuller service restaurant experience.

As the third largest individually owned single property health club in the nation, we are breaking the boundaries of everything you thought a health club was by becoming the ultimate lifestyle club.

After completion, every single inch of the NAC will have been, redesigned, re-purposed, renewed, renovated and expanded upon.

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Key Components of The Expansion

Dedicated Boutique Group Fitness Studios

This 45,000 Sq. Ft. renovation/expansion places a heavy focus on 6 boutique group exercise studios for the various exercise modalities. Each of these areas will have its own brand (look, style, and name) in order to demonstrate the uniqueness of each modality and the already wide variety of proficiency that we offer to the member experience all under one roof.

Locker Rooms

Our vision is to design adult locker rooms like nothing that has been done before. They are luxurious and relaxing offering a resort, spa style environment. The renovation and expansion of our men’s and women’s adult locker rooms to be double in size and scope. We know this area needs to take priority in any expansion strategy.

Wellness

A new Wellness Wing featuring programs and services will be constructed through our medical wellness partnership with Capital Health & The Rothman Institute.

2nd Club Entrance + Parking

We are adding a second entrance to the club located by the Escape parking lot. Truth is, club usage is up – with the same amount of members as the year prior. And that is what we want! We want to help people be healthier and improve their quality of life.

We are putting a new entrance by the back of the club to allow parking for those spots that are under utilized in the winter months.

This entrance will allow easy access on that side of the building for the additional 200 parking spaces that currently exist there alleviating some of the parking issues that we currently experience during busy times.

Six Zone

The Fitness Center will expand to include a dedicated Six Zone studio. Designed with a unique open room concept off of the fitness center floor, this space will include a variety of new cardio & strength equipment to push you to your limits. Virtual exercise demos will be featured in this studio for all day access. Our fitness center is already recognized as one of the top in the nation; however, with these additions our members will have even more opportunities to create fitness habits that will last a lifetime.

Urban Allure Salon & Spa

The Urban Allure Salon and Spa will be reconfigured on the main club level; featuring a new entrance to the Sanctuary Spa on the main level, while offering high end retail products and customized environments for relaxation, rejuvenation and therapeutic services.  Our goal is to offer the style, status and amenities of a five star resort salon and spa located in the heart of your community.

FAQ’s

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Q. Will there be a second entrance?


We are adding a second entrance to the club located by the Escape parking lot. Expected completion late fall 2019.

Truth is, club usage is up – with the same amount of members as the year prior. And that is what we want! We want to help people be healthier and improve their quality of life. We are putting a new entrance by the back of the club to allow parking for those spots that are under utilized in the winter months.

This entrance will allow easy access on that side of the building for the additional 200 parking spaces that currently exist there alleviating some of the parking issues that we currently experience during busy times.

Q. Will our rates increase due to this expansion?

Every year since we were founded, the NAC has incurred an annual rate increase in January.

After the completion of the Big Build, we finally made the leap into becoming not just a health club, but a true lifestyle club. The annualmembership dues increase represents the increase in operating expenses as well as increases provided to our employees.

Even if we raise the dues only $5 per month on each of our 5,000 membership units that increases our membership revenue by $25,000 each month or $300,000 annually. At that rate it would take over 33 years to pay off the cost of a $10 million expansion. As any business, we manage our expansion through loans from the bank and pay back the loans over time, just as the mortgage on your home.

To put this into some context, a dues increase of $300,000 annually is only a 2% increase over our $16 million annual budget.  That amount barely covers the cost of increased operational expenses.

So again, the answer is yes the rates will increase, but only as a reflection of the cost of doing day to day business, not as a reflection of capital expenses for expansions.

Q. Would we consider solar power throughout this expansion?

A. After a thorough independent analysis, we will not be using solar as our heating requirements are too vast (including all the outdoor and indoor pools, the laundry, the equipment and more).  Unfortunately, the cost vs. benefits do not support this use.

Q. Can we offer more activities for teens?

A. Yes, we are creating an outdoor recreation area between the outdoor pool and the NAC Sports Training Center.  This area will include an outdoor sand volley ball court and an outdoor basketball court.

In addition, we have asked our members for over three years to give us input about teen programming and we have had little or no response, and when we have tried certain programs, no teens participate.  Yet we still consider this area a gap in our programming and have not given up.  We are very open to any and all suggestions.

Q. Will we ever add any tennis courts?

A. Not at this time, but according to a well-known quote, “never say never”.  No new courts have been built in the Philadelphia area for over 30 years and for a very good reason.  They simply don’t pay for themselves and can present a financial drain on a business.

Q. What about easier entry for those with orthopedic issues?

A. We will have ready access to new elevators and of course solid stairs with easy passage both ways simultaneously.