Ensworth School Natatorium
Ensworth School NatatoriumNashville, TN 2013
The Ensworth School Natatorium, a peer to some of the finest collegiate aquatic venues in the country, integrates seamlessly into the campus environment — not only aesthetically, but in the way it has been designed to serve multiple purposes. The pool facilities allow for both competition and fitness programs, and movable bulkheads in the main pool provide multiple configurations that permit both diving and swimming events to occur simultaneously. The bulkheads also can be moved to allow training for collegiate long-course events, as well as high school competitions.
A separate instructional pool provides an appropriate environment for teaching beginning swimming, as well as accommodating water volleyball and other fitness activities. The deck-level gutter in the instructional pool creates visual flow out to the main terrace and the football stadium, and large roof trusses with a rounded bottom chord add a level of elegance in the competition pool space. Natural light floods the building’s interior, designed to be carefully controlled with motorized shades to meet the functional needs of the pool space.
The natatorium’s design complements the architectural vocabulary established on the Ensworth campus, and subtly articulated brick walls with limestone accents contrast with glazed aluminum curtain walls surmounted by copper eaves and roofs.
Project DetailsARCHITECT OF RECORD: Johnson Johnson Crabtree Architects P.C.; Nashville, Tenn.
AQUATIC DESIGN ENGINEER: Counsilman-Hunsaker; St. Louis, Mo.
Construction Cost: $18.84 million
Square Feet: 50,000
Occupancy: December 2012
Bleachers: Irwin Telescopic Seating Co.
Bulkheads: Stark Bulkhead Co.
Chemical Control Systems: Chemtrol, Div. of Santa Barbara Control Systems
Cleaners/Vacuums: Aqua Products Inc.
Deck/Basin Surface: Atlas Concorde
Deck/Basin Surface: Dal-Tile Corp.
Deck/Basin Surface: The Pool Company Inc.
Dehumidifiers: Dectron Inc.
Diving Boards: Durafirm
Entertainment Systems: Colorado Time Systems
Filtration Systems: Neptune-Benson Inc.
Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.
Gutters: Lawson Aquatics Inc.
Ladders/Grab Bars: Spectrum Aquatics
Lane Markers: Spectrum Aquatics
Lighting: GE Lighting Systems
Lighting: LSI Industries
Lighting: Pentair Aquatic Systems
Lockers: WEC Manufacturing
Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Colorado Time Systems
Shower/Toilet Partitions: WEC Manufacturing
Starting Blocks: Pentair Aquatic Systems
Swimsuit Extractors: Extractor Corp.