Deadline Looms for ADA Compliance on Pool Lifts
by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor November 2012
Fewer than 75 days remain for aquatic facility operators to become compliant with provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act regarding access to public pools and spas. Last May, the U.S. Department of Justice extended the deadline from March 15, 2012, to Jan. 31, 2013.
2012 Facility of Merit Winner: Clarkson Community Centre Pool Expansion
by Andrew Cohen October 2012
Part of the City of Mississauga, Ont.'s community center revitalization initiative, the Clarkson pool expansion extends the existing facility out toward the main street for increased presence and identity. The building pushes forward and is linked to an existing skate park, making both the park and the building more central to the site plan rather than a concession at the edge of the site. A large amount of strategically placed glazing communicates the interior functions of the new pool to the exterior, while advantageously opening up the building to receive much more natural light than previously. The transparency projects interior activities to the outside world as passive advertising and a means of keeping eyes on the street, staying true to Jane Jacobs' notions of city building.
Collaboration is Vital to Regional and Community Pool Projects
by Michael Popke September 2012
For about three years, the 50-meter stainless steel competition pool used at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Swim Trials sat disassembled in an Omaha, Neb., storage facility, not far from where 16,000 swimming fans had jammed the Qwest Center and witnessed the setting of nine world and 21 American records. The pool's bottom and side panels were stacked on pallets, and all of the mechanical equipment was housed in a climate-controlled space.
Extra Vigilance Necessary with 3-Meter Diving Boards
by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor July 2012
Diving rarely enters the national spotlight, but with a focus on U.S. divers at the 2012 Summer Olympics beginning later this month in London, children may approach 3-meter springboards at local aquatic facilities with added curiosity. Consequently, pool operators must be extra vigilant. Relics from the '60s and '70s, the boards — typically accessed by 10-foot ladders and not always off-limits to recreational swimmers — need to be restricted for swimming and diving team use only, according to one aquatics safety expert who has studied springboard diving safety.
Time to Rethink How Pool Operators Protect Swimmers?
by Michael Popke June 2012
The pool of excuses for not knowing how to swim shrinks every year. Last month, the third annual World's Largest Swimming Lesson™, held at more than 100 aquatic facilities across the United States, attempted to teach an estimated 20,000 people to swim — for free.
Variable Frequency Drives Help Pools Maximize Energy Efficiency
by Emily Attwood April 2012
After the wave of aquatic regulation changes that have taken effect over the last few months, commercial pool owners are likely looking forward to summer — their busiest time of year — as a chance to catch their collective breath.
Prep Swimmer Loses ADA Lawsuit
by John Wolohan February 2012
In an effort to break down some, if not all, of the barriers facing students with disabilities, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 require that schools make accommodations for students with disabilities that do not fundamentally change the nature of the activity. The question of what constitutes a reasonable accommodation, therefore, is usually vital to most ADA and Rehabilitation Act cases.
Underwater Chaise Lounge a Draw at Texas Tech
by Andrew Cohen February 2012
To the underwater bench and conversation pit, you can add the underwater chaise lounge as a method of encouraging socializing in college leisure pools.
How to Make the Most of Limited Pool Deck Space
by Michael Popke January 2012
As both a professional pool designer and the parent of two competitive swimmers, Matt Freeby attends several swim meets every year and keeps a mental list of competition venues he prefers to avoid.
Pool Operators Still Confused by Latest ADA Standards
by Emily Attwood October 2011
When the Department of Justice enacted the ADA 2010 Standards for Accessible Design, one of the major differences from the previous version was the inclusion of regulations for swimming pools and spas.