Flagstaff Aquaplex

Flagstaff Aquaplex

Project Description

Flagstaff Aquatic and Multigenerational Center serves not only its local community (seniors in particular) but also tourists traveling to see the Painted Desert and the Grand Canyon. The facility houses a large, solar-heated leisure pool with a lazy river, two large slides and play features; a multiactivity gymnasium for basketball, volleyball, inline hockey and soccer; multipurpose rooms; a childcare area; a large gallery for passive activities and viewing of the climbing wall; an elevated track; a large fitness area overlooking the pool, gym and gallery; and dance and fitness studios.

The building was designed to fit into and preserve the native landscape of the site, a mountainous and wooded location on the edge of town. Flagstaff has few public buildings or consistent vernacular, adding greater importance to the architectural statement. The center’s architecture combines laminated wood timber, concrete and glass in both pitched and low-sloped roofs in a composition interpreting familiar forms and materials in a new way. Transparent to the street, the large two-story gallery space anchors the building, and its swooping entry roof invites users inside. Cement fiberboard siding provides the appearance of wood, but requires little maintenance.


Project Details

Architect: Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture; Denver, Colo.
Aquatic Design Engineer: Water Technology Inc.; Beaver Dam, Wis.
Programming/Operational Consultant: Ballard*King & Associates; Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Associated Firm: Johnson Walzer Associates Architecture; Flagstaff, Ariz.
Construction Cost: $13.5 million
Square Feet: 51,441
Occupancy: August 2008

Access Ramps/Stairs: Paragon Aquatics, Div. of Pentair

Basketball Backboards/Supports: Jaypro Sports LLC

Chemical Control Systems: BECS Technology Inc.

Climbing Walls: Entre Prises Climbing Walls

Covers: Grate Technologies

Divider Curtains: Jaypro Sports LLC

Filters: Neptune-Benson Inc.

Flooring, Aerobics: Connor Sport Court

Gutters: Grate Technologies

Ladders/Grab Bars: Paragon Aquatics, Div. of Pentair

Lighting: Lithonia Lighting

Lighting: Pentair Water Pool and Spa

Lockers: Club Resource Group

Saunas/Whirlpools: Shasta Pools & Spas

Scoreboard/Timing Systems: Daktronics Inc.

Scoreboards: Daktronics Inc.

Shower/Toilet Partitions: Bobrick Washroom Equipment Inc.

Surfaces, Basketball: Dynamic Sports Construction Inc.

Surfaces, Multipurpose: Connor Sport Court

Surfaces, Track: Mondo

Water Play Features: SplashTacular Entertainment

Water Play Features: Vortex Aquatic Structures Int'l Inc.


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