The new natatorium supports both athletic and physical education programs of the high school. With the increase in popularity of competitive swimming, the School District decided that dedicated indoor swimming facilities be made available to students. Of the School District’s six high schools, two were outfitted with natatoriums.
With the School District’s direction, STR developed a design that could be used as a prototype for future natatoriums at the District’s high schools. The 25-yard pool was designed with 8 lanes and a depth of 14 feet. With a no-wake design and state-of-the-art mechanical and timing systems the pool is designed for speed. The natatorium is outfitted with a public lobby, spectator seating, timing station, administrative space and showers and locker facilities.
To address the corrosive effects of chlorine and high humidity, as well as to meet scheduling requirements, STR used precast concrete for both wall and roof structure. The precast walls in combination with large expanses of glass curtainwall provide daylighting into the pool space. The roof structure consists of 60-in deep precast single T’s, spanning 116 feet.