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Echo Press photo by Lowell Anderson Workers put up the first walls at the Alexandria Area YMCA Tuesday morning. A 56,000-square-foot facility is being constructed on a 25-acre site on County Road 82 west of Alexandria, across from Tastefully Simple.

YMCA takes shape - 25,000-pound walls go up

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It's no longer just the stuff of dreams.

An Alexandria Area YMCA is taking shape.

The first Spancrete walls or panels were put in place this week. By today, Friday, all 91 of them should be standing, according to Jeff Bartholomew, executive director of the Alexandria Area YMCA.

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It's not light work. Each panel weighs about 25,000 pounds, Bartholomew said.

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