Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester

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Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester

Rochester, NY 2018

Project Description

Pool with a view

The JCC is a social and community asset for Greater Rochester, N.Y. The aquatic expansion sought to be more than a serviceable fitness facility, and designers were challenged to create an openness to the existing inward-looking, concrete 1960s-era community center. The expansion provides a place where families can gather and enjoy aquatics year-round. A cohesive facility is created by connecting the renovated lap pool to a large, open family pool. The family pool is visually connected on two levels to a state-of-the-art fitness facility on one end and to views of the Eerie Canal on the other.

Unanticipated hurdle

One of the most challenging aspects of the design was the connection between the existing lap pool and the new family pool. The original exterior precast wall had to serve as a fire-wall between the two spaces. The design sought to open up this wall to the greatest extent possible. Upon demolition, the team found that the steel columns in the existing wall had corroded due to an excess of chlorine – creating a million-dollar rehab project to underpin and replace the deteriorated steel. This unanticipated hurdle forced tight budgets and tight timelines that would result in a streamlining of construction and finishes.

A clear connection

The design team wanted to reduce glare while not sacrificing a clear connection to the outdoors. In lieu of tinted glass, the team worked with lighting consultants and daylighting models to balance in-water lighting with overhead lighting against the strong southern sun to eliminate extreme glare. Horizontal sun louvers were added to upper-level glazing to lessen mid-day exposure. Finally, the deeper pool decks allow the actual pool water to avoid almost all direct sunlight into the space.

Project Details

Architect: CJS Architects
Construction Cost: $6 million
Square Feet: 30,000
Occupancy: April 2017

Access Ramps/Stairs - : Paddock Pool Equipment Co.

Acoustic Baffles: Electrolab

Chemical Control Systems: Chemtrol, Div. of Santa Barbara Control Systems

Chemical Control Systems: Paddock Pool Equipment Co.

Chemical Control Systems - : Accu-Tab Chlorination System

Cleaners/Vacuums - : Paddock Pool Equipment Co.

Deck/Basin Surface - : Dal-Tile Corp.

Filtration Systems: Pentair Commercial Aquatics

Filtration Systems - : Paddock Pool Equipment Co.

Gutters - : Paddock Pool Equipment Co.

Ladders/Grab Bars - : Paddock Pool Equipment Co.

Underwater Lights: Hayward Commercial Pool Products

UV System: Aquionics Inc.

Water Play Features - : Raidrop

Architect Of Record

CJS Architects
Buffalo, NY

Aquatic Engineer

Voorheesville, NY

MEP Engineering

M/E Engineering
Rochester, NY

Structural Engineering

Jensen BRV
Rochester, NY