Award Winner - May 2011
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Lindon Aquatics Center

Lindon, Utah

S U B M I T T E D    B Y

VCBO Architecture in Salt Lake City, Utah

Size: 28,000 square feet

Project Cost: $10 million

Quick Tour:

  • Outdoor leisure pool
  • Outdoor 25-yard lap pool
  • Locker rooms
  • Pool equipment storage
  • Outdoor sun deck
  • Wave-generating surf machine
  • Site & parking improvements

Residents of Lindon, Utah, are raving about the new 28,000-square-foot Lindon Aquatics Center, which marks the first phase of a multi-pronged project that eventually will be the "Lindon City Heritage Center," and will include a comprehensive recreation center with multiple amenities.

The $10 million aquatic center—open Memorial Day through Labor Day—features "pioneer-era" elements, such as log cabin-type buildings, which keep in line with Lindon's annual summer celebration, dubbed "Huck Finn Days." In addition, different areas of the park are named for favorite themes from Mark Twain's famed novel, Huckleberry Finn. Another thematic water feature is the Pirate Ship, named "SS Heritage."

Features at the aquatic center include a six-lane, 50-meter lap pool; a mile-long lazy river; an activity pool; a wading pool; a spa; and a surf machine, which challenges patrons to in-land surfing. Locker rooms, family changing rooms, pool equipment storage and concessions also are provided at the center.

Additionally, a cost-effective mechanical system, solar tubes to provide locker/change rooms with natural light, and motion-sensitive lighting throughout the facility all help lower overall operating costs. Meanwhile, durable, low-maintenance finishes meet the city's goals for an environmentally friendly and economical facility.

The aquatic center, which has an entry fee of $5, is financially self-sufficient and operates at no additional overhead cost to the city of Lindon. Because of the fact that the volume of users provides adequate income to cover costs, there is no need to subsidize operations, maintenance or staffing.

The creation of the Lindon Aquatics Center was the end result of a three-month feasibility study that included public surveys and meetings. VCBO Architecture helped the city of Lindon by providing bonding assistance to determine the best use of public funds and to project operational costs, revenues and future construction costs. The future "Lindon City Heritage Center" is expected to include a comprehensive recreation center with a host of amenities, including a running track, climbing wall, aerobics rooms, weights and multipurpose spaces.


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