North Arundel Aquatic Center
Glen Burnie, MD
Year in Showcase: 2008
Based on a limited construction budget,
this facility’s layout and design showcase
simplicity and efficiency. The building
is divided into two zones — the entry/support
zone and the high-volume pool zone,
which is enhanced by abundant natural
lighting and views to the municipal park
property on which the building sits. Delicate
roof bracket features allow the facility to
mesh with the natural park characteristics.
The aquatic component consists of
a family-oriented recreation zone and
a separate zone designed for both lap
swimming and competitions. The family
area has been designed for children, older
citizens and others who prefer warm water
(86 to 88 degrees Fahrenheit). A zerodepth-
entry area includes an engaging
water sculpture and fountains, a slide and
a variety of interactive features designed
to create an ever-changing, kinetic element
for the facility. A three-turn water slide and
spinning water vortex complete the beach
Three lap lanes provide an environment
for group aquatic therapy classes, while the
fitness and competition pool provides cooler
water for athletes.
Architect of Record: Hughes Group Architects; Sterling, Va.
Construction Cost: $5.9 million
Square Feet: 26,000
Occupancy: November 2006
Chemical Control Systems: Usfilter Stranco Products
Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.
Lockers: American Locker Security Systems Inc.
Sanitization Systems: Hanovia Limited
Shower/Toilet Partitions: Scranton Products
Water Play Features: Proslide Technology Inc.
Water Play Features:
WhiteWater West Industries Ltd.