LSU Student Recreation Center
LSU Student Recreation CenterBaton Rouge, LA 2018
The LSU-shaped leisure pool was born from focus group efforts made during the project’s programming phase. Students ultimately voted and decided they wanted a leisure pool, in addition to fitness lap swimming, as a part of the aquatic programming at the new recreation center. The leisure pool was originally created on a napkin sketch by Laurie Braden, UREC director, which was then made a reality by the project’s designers.
Show your stripes
The acronym-shaped pool boldly communicates the university’s identity while connecting back to the materials, color palettes and finishes used throughout the renovated and expanded recreation center. Subtle tiger stripes accent the paving, and an outdoor oasis with lounge chairs and seating options creates a comfortable spot for students to socialize. The lap pools include deep water and shallow lanes. Deep-water lanes were specifically incorporated to allow programming for deep-water activities and education opportunities, including scuba diving instruction.
Led by students
The project was envisioned, inspired by and led by students. The design team worked closely with the student body to balance its desires with features that could be realized. What students came up with met a range of wants and needs. In addition to the LSU-shaped 8,500-square-foot leisure pool, the design incorporates two bubbler lounges, three stair entries, various spray features and an underwater bench. The 5,400-square-foot lap pool includes two end-to-end 25-yard, four-lane pools. The lap pool includes four stair entries, 1-meter diving and water basketball.
Project DetailsArchitect: (Joint Venture): HOK, GraceHebert
Construction Cost: $2.8 million
Square Feet: 13,900
Occupancy: May 2017
Access Ramps/Stairs - : S.R.Smith
ADA Lift: S.R.Smith
Chemical Control Systems - : BECS Technology, Inc.
Circulation Pumps/Pumps: ITT Marlow
Cleaners/Vacuums: Harmsco Filtration Products
Cleaners/Vacuums - : Duramax
Deck/Basin Surface - : SGM Diamond Brite
Filtration Systems - : Nemato Corp.
Gutters - : Neptune Benson Inc.
Ladders/Grab Bars - : S.R.Smith
Lane Markers - : Competitor Swim
Locker/Shower - Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.
Locker/Shower - Flooring: Iris US
Locker/Shower - Lockers: Prospec US Inc.
Sanitization Systems - : Aquionics Inc.