St. Joseph’s Aquatic Rehab Building

Scranton, PA

Since 1990, hemmler + camayd architects has provided ongoing planning and architectural consulting services to Saint Joseph’s Center, a residence hospital for severely handicapped children and adults in Scranton, PA. In 1995 the St. Joseph’s Center administration realized the need for a pool therapy building and called upon hemmler + camayd to provide planning, design, and construction observation services for this facility.

The 12,000 SF pool therapy building includes a specially equipped 20′ x 40′ pool, locker and changing facilities, 10 therapy rooms, special light therapy rooms, and administrative offices, as well as an outdoor space for client enjoyment in pleasant weather.

The indoor pool has a movable pool bottom to raise and lower handicapped clients into the water from special wheelchairs. The pool structure and mechanical systems were designed with astute attention to accommodate a severely corrosive environment, since, for therapeutic purposes, the water temperature and room temperature are set 15 to 20 degrees above normal, thereby significantly increasing the corrosive effects of high humidity on the structure and equipment.

In 2012, the existing changing rooms were renovated to create individual changing room areas to accommodate public use of the pool.

Construction Cost: $2,400,000 ; $79,000
Completed: 1995 – original construction; 2012 – changing area renovations