Marywood University – Aquatic Center
The Marywood University Aquatic Center expands the existing Athletic and Wellness Center by approximately 18,000 sq. ft. The centerpiece of the project, the high-volume natatorium, provides a light and airy space for aquatic training and competition. The raised viewing area has retractable bleachers which allow the space to have a multi-purpose use. Beyond are mechanical and storage areas to support the space. A pool safety office suite and expanded men’s and women’s locker & team rooms project to the west. New entry vestibules at both sides provide identity and access to the aquatic center for community use.
The exposed-steel framed natatorium features a distinctive single-sloped, sky-lit roof supported by a series of inverted bowstring trusses. The enclosing walls are painted cmu and aluminum-framed glazing. The ceiling soars to 40’ above the pool deck.
Positioned at right angles to the roof structure, the pool itself is an eight-lane by 25-yard competition pool with a roll-out gutter system. It ranges from 4’ to 13 ½ ‘in depth and has a plaster aggregate finish with tile banding. Equipment includes two one-meter diving boards, one three-meter diving board, and a timing system.
The exterior cladding of glass, brick, and limestone tie to the original construction and other buildings of the Marywood University campus. The fully glazed natatorium corner walls feature horizontally banded fenestration. The projecting two story, limestone clad west entry recalls and balances the main entrance of the complex to the south.
Construction Cost: $5,600,000
Completed: April 2011