The Monon Center and Outdoor Aquatic Facility
The Monon Center and Outdoor Aquatic FacilityCarmel, IN 2008
Built into the planted hillsides of Carmel’s 160-acre Central Park, the Monon Center affords a range of recreational opportunities in a stunning setting. Building components were strategically placed to reduce impact to the site, which is located in the Carmel Creek watershed and surrounded by residential neighborhoods. The building is marked by strong geometry, large open volumes within, and panoramic views to the outdoors.
The multifaceted community center contains an indoor natatorium featuring a leisure pool and a six-lane recreational lap pool, a three-court gymnasium, health/fitness areas, an indoor children’s play zone, a café, administrative offices and a banquet room. It is augmented by a companion 2,098-bather-capacity outdoor aquatic center that features a zero-depth-entry activity pool; a four-lane, recreational lap pool; a lazy river, “kiddie” pool and children’s sprayground; two large water slides; a deep pool with a 1-meter diving board and drop slide; and a bathhouse and concessions area.
The building’s design was influenced by the interurban Monon Trail greenway route that runs through the site. The Monon Center structure features an enclosed pedestrian bridge that spans the trail and links the site’s passive and active programming spaces.
Project DetailsArchitect: Williams Architects Ltd.; Carol Stream, Ill.
PROGRAMMING/OPERATIONAL CONSULTANT: Pros Consulting Indianapolis, Ind.
Construction Cost: $32 million
Square Feet: 146,000
Occupancy: May 2007
Basketball Backboards/Supports: Porter Athletic Equipment Co.
Chemical Control Systems: Siemens Water Technologies
Dehumidifiers: Dectron Inc.
Divider Curtains: Porter Athletic Equipment Co.
Elliptical Equipment: Life Fitness
Flooring, Aerobics: Connor Sport Court International
Flooring, Fitness Center: Johnsonite
Free Weight Equipment: Life Fitness
Gymnastics Equipment: Porter Athletic Equipment Co.
Heaters: A.O. Smith
Heaters: Lochinvar Corp.
Lockers: Hollman Inc.
Lockers: Lenox Locker Co.
Sanitization Systems: Arch Chemicals Inc.
Shower/Toilet Partitions: Scranton Products
Stationary Bikes: Cybex International Inc.
Strength Equipment: Life Fitness
Strength Equipment: Cybex International Inc.
Surfaces, Basketball: Connor Sport Court International
Surfaces, Multipurpose: Johnsonite
Surfaces, Track: Johnsonite
Swimsuit Dryer: Extractor Corp.
Treadmills: Life Fitness
Volleyball Nets and Standards: Porter Athletic Equipment Co.
Wall Padding: Porter Athletic Equipment Co.
Water Play Features: WhiteWater West Industries Ltd.
Water Play Features: Splashtacular
Water Play Features: Fountain People Inc., The