• Peeing in Public Pools Common and Harmful, Say Studies

    by Michael Gaio March 2014

    It might not come as a huge shock, but now there's actually proof to back it up: peeing in the pool is harmful to swimmers' health. And that's bad news considering the Los Angeles Times reports one in five Americans admits to peeing in a public swimming pool.

  • A Combination of Technologies Optimizes Pool Water Treatment

    by Steve Kenny January 2014

    Perfectly polished water contained in a public or commercial swimming pool can be wonderfully inviting. It's ultimately the reason pools and spas exist; humans feel good in clean water. Unfortunately, water that's left insufficiently treated can have the opposite effect. My many years as a swimming pool service/water chemistry professional has led me to firmly believe that water treatment in many aquatic facilities is not only badly antiquated, but far too often potentially harmful.

  • New Projects: Nippert Stadium | Agoura Hills Rec | Almont Park

    by Emily Attwood December 2013

    Breaking Ground

    A renovation and expansion of the University of Cincinnati's Nippert Stadium (above) kicks off this month. The $86 million privately funded project will increase the stadium's capacity from 35,000 to 40,000 and include a new press box, suites and club seats. Renovations to the west concourse will include updates to the concessions stands and restrooms. Heery International, based in Atlanta, is lead architect on the project, which is expected to wrap up in August 2015.

  • 2013 Facilities of Merit: Regent Park Aquatic Centre

    by AB Editors October 2013

    From its "dorsal fin" roof feature to its ground-level window walls, Regent Park Aquatic Centre represents a sculptural park pavilion presence befitting its location within a rigorous urban grid.

  • Aquatic Facility Provides New Opportunities for Small Town

    by Greg Cannon September 2013

    In a community-wide effort to provide the benefits of a swimming and aquatic competition venue for local residents, the city of Polson, Mont., located 50 miles north of Missoula, recently opened its newly completed Mission Valley Aquatics Center.

  • LED Pool Lighting Has Fast Become the Industry Standard

    by Paul Steinbach June 2013

    Steve Crocker chuckles at the recollection. While doing a final walkthrough of a college aquatics facility on which his consulting firm, Counsilman-Hunsaker, had worked - its first project involving color-changing LED light fixtures - Crocker struck up a conversation with a lifeguard.

  • Fort Bliss Raises Standard With New Aquatic Center

    by Christopher Prawdzik May 2013

    Building a state-of-the art aquatic facility doesn't happen overnight. Just ask officials at Fort Bliss. It took seven years, $15.5 million, and overcoming several challenges to get theirs just right.

  • ABC: How to Keep Your Pool From Becoming Obsolete

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor November 2012

    The number of pool starts in the United States dropped by more than 70 percent between 2008 and 2011, according to market research firm PK Data. And even though the industry appears to have hit bottom and is on its way back up this year, aquatic facility operators still face plenty of challenges.

  • 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.