• 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.

  • Aquatic Center Pool Will Become Pumpkin Patch Tonight

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor October 2011

    The pool at the South Jordan (Utah) Fitness & Aquatic Center will be transformed into a pumpkin patch during the facility's first "Halloween Pumpkin Plunge" tonight. During regularly scheduled open-swim hours between 6 and 9 p.m., the pool will be dyed a "spooky purple," according to promotional materials for the event, and participants will be able to wade into the water and pick out real floating pumpkins. Halloween music, treats and games also will be part of the event.

  • 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.

  • 2011 Facility of Merit Winner: Smith Aquatic & Fitness Center, Buford Middle School

    by Andrew Cohen October 2011

    Situated on the Charlottesville, Va., campus of Buford Middle School as part of a recreation complex that includes an adjacent Boys & Girls Club, the LEED Platinum Smith Aquatic Center won praise for a simple rectangular plan enhanced by judicious selection of materials - to cite one notable example, blue-colored glass tile and raised aluminum signage on the two-story east wall of the natatorium. The center "does all the right things," said one judge. "It's simple, monolithic in form but softened with the right materials and detail."

  • 2011 Facility of Merit Winner: The Aquatic Centre at Hillcrest Park

    by Andrew Cohen October 2011

    Part of the legacy initiative of the 2010 Olympics, Vancouver, B.C.'s Aquatic Centre at Hillcrest Park is an addition to the Olympic curling venue, known as the Vancouver Olympic Centre. The first step in a conversion to a recreation complex that will also include a community center, public library, preschool and field house, the center won plaudits from AB's panel of architects for being, as one judge said, "complementary to the existing Olympic structure, while being strikingly beautiful on its own."

  • 'Conversation Pit' is Focal Point of Campus Pool

    by Andrew Cohen August 2011

    One way to distinguish a leisure pool meant for children from a leisure pool intended for adults is the lack of brightly colored play equipment in the adults' pool.

  • Possible Explanation Offered in Bizarre Pool Drowning

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor July 2011

    How could a drowned swimmer's body have laid at the bottom of a public pool for more than two days - surrounded by other swimmers - without someone noticing? That's the question Benjamin Radford, a writer for Discovery News, attempts to answer in an online piece exploring the physics of water reflection in the wake of the bizarre drowning in Veteran's Memorial Pool in Fall River, Mass., last week. Marie Joseph, 36, drowned on June 26 but was not discovered until early June 29 by trespassers who snuck into the pool overnight.

  • Aquatics Facility Expansion Takes Advantage of Geothermal Energy

    by Joe Bush June 2011

    Mike Pollocoff, the village manager in Pleasant Prairie, Wis., takes a lot of pride in never having had to levy a tax to pay capital costs or debt service on his 305,000-square-foot recreation center, the RecPlex, through its construction and two additions.

  • How to Identify Risks at Aquatic Facilities

    by Shawn DeRosa February 2011

    An in-house safety team can help keep patrons out of harm's way.

  • Model Health Code Making Waves in the Aquatics Industry

    by Nicholas Brown January 2011

    A former manager of aquatics for the state of Wisconsin's health department, Tracynda Davis has inspected her fair share of recreational pools, and she knows all too well how pool operators respond to notifications of code violations.