Supplement Feature - February 2012
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The ABCs of Aquatic Design

An Alphabetical Stroll Through the Latest Trends

By Dawn Klingensmith


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Model Aquatic Health Code. Through an initial grant from the National Swimming Pool Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control is working with public health and industry representatives to prevent drowning, injuries and the spread of recreational water illnesses at public swimming pools and spas by building a Model Aquatic Health Code to serve as a guide for local and state agencies needing to update or implement swimming pool and spa codes and standards governing the design, construction, operation and maintenance of swimming pools and other aquatic facilities. For more information, visit the CDC's Healthy Swimming Web site.

Multipurpose room. This popular amenity can be used for birthday parties, meetings and events.

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Neutral colors. Paradise Springs at Gaylord Texan Resort, Grapevine, features a neutral color scheme that minimizes heat absorption and increases energy efficiency without detracting from its Western theme.

New Holland Recreation Center. Despite the poor economy when it opened in 2009, the center has thrived due in part to its commitment to serve all ages through multiuse design and diverse programming. The 75-by-65-foot pool is divided into two sections to maximize programming options. There's a sprayground on one end with zero-depth entry, and lap lanes on the other side designed with the shallowest part in the center, just in case tired swimmers need to stand and rest.

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Operational expertise. "Think about how design decisions are going to affect operations. Too many pools are built by people who have no idea what it's like to run one," Rowland said. "Get operational expertise involved early in the design stage—real operational expertise, not just your swim coach."

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Poolside storage. "You can't have too much space accessible to the pool deck," Rowland said.

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Quality control. "We focus on water quality and air quality by monitoring all day and through Web-based systems," Roark said. "We are able to make changes quickly, especially as bather load changes."

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Regenerative media filter. Water conservation is an important consideration in the design and operation of swimming pools. Water is lost via evaporation, bather carry-out, splash-out and backwash. "Utilizing regenerative media filtration, it is possible to reduce backwash loss by over 90 percent," Kempfer said. "These filters represent a capital investment premium, but one which the client would be given the information to make informed decisions regarding the value of this investment."

Revenue projections. More and more, municipal recreation centers are expected to be self-supporting. Communities, local governments and taxpayers are increasingly unable or unwilling to subsidize the cost of operating a recreation center, let alone footing the bill. So it's important to know in advance what can be expected in terms of revenue, and what, if any, will be the level of subsidy required. This may require a consultant's help.