Provo City officials hope the complex, built near North Park, will draw attention to the adjacent Veterans Memorial Pool. With a sister facility constructed nearby, the pool is sure to receive ample attention, says Nathan Leavitt, a VCBO architect.
The Best Indoor Aquatics Attraction in Utah
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Maintaining the Water Features
Though pools can be fun aspects of a facility, pool maintenance can be an arduous affair. Humidity always proves to be a rec center’s Kryptonite; so proper ventilation is crucial for maintaining pool areas. The good air return is important to keep as many chemicals out of the air as possible.
“We spend a lot of time detailing finishes that will hold up to wet environments and specifying paint coatings that will resist corrosion,” said Leavitt. “There are specific products that we spend time looking at and detailing; the roof trusses aren’t typical, they’re all pipe steel that has less surface area that water can sit on. We’ve gone to great lengths to try to engineer space for the pools that will be durable.”
New Changing Rooms Respect Privacy
Another highly anticipated feature of the rec center is its regard for privacy and comfort with the improved change rooms. Sixteen individual change rooms, which can be used as family change rooms, will be built into the facility. Some are small change rooms; others have showers and toilets in them. Traditional locker rooms will also be built into the facility, but these will be smaller to accommodate the increased amount of family change rooms.
The Provo Rec Center will hold three gymnasiums, one of which will be a multipurpose court with a surface liner that’s more amenable to activities other than basketball or volleyball. This area can support community events with chairs and tables. The floor will be rubber-like, making it more flexible for various events.
Six racquetball courts will be located on the first level of the facility. The cardio room will also be found there, along with an indoor track that borders the facility. Other attractions include spin classes, fitness studios for aerobic classes and a fully-equipped weight room.
The center will also have an indoor playground that will be open to the public, adjacent to a childcare facility available for patrons.
Designers wanted the new building to have an open feel for patrons, Leavitt said. The work out spaces will be more open with many windows that will make use of natural light. The center will also make use of horizontal sunshades positioned along the southern aspect of the building to block excess summer heat and light.
“We’re using a lot of insulated wall panel, like Kal-wall products, which are insulated translucent panels,” said Leavitt. ” Insulated products filter the southern light and provide insulated value in the winter too. It’s more energy efficient than glazing.”
The rec center will also implement solar tubular skylight systems, along with sustainable practices that enables the light fixtures to be controlled.
“We’re daylight harvesting. As the light sensors pick up on a large amount of daylight entering a space, we can turn off certain bulbs in the light fixtures,” said Leavitt. “We’re constantly monitoring the amount of light coming in from the outdoors.”
With these sustainable practices and the revolutionary aquatic attractions, the new Provo Rec Center will hit the charts in Utah, coming online in early 2013. Even those working on the project are enthused by its design elements and continually express their excitement for the new building.
“It’s going to be the coolest rec center we’ve ever done by far,” said Parrish.
Leavitt would agree. “It’s going to be quite a complex once it’s all complete.”