Robson & Lindley Aquatics Center

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Robson & Lindley Aquatics Center

Dallas, TX 2018

Project Description

Traditional, contemporary

The Robson & Lindley Aquatics Center’s design respects the campus standard Georgian architectural style, with some contemporary nods reflecting its unique use and SMU's growing east campus environment. Targeting LEED Gold certification, the new facility includes an Olympic-size 50-meter, eight-lane indoor pool; a 10-meter diving tower with four springboards; a movable bulkhead to maximize programming; men’s and women’s varsity team locker rooms; seating for 800 spectators; coaching offices; a classroom; a VIP suite; and a spacious lobby.

High tech

The facility's emphasis on technology is remarkable. Multiple cameras both above and below water capture athletes' movements in high-resolution detail for review and coaching refinement. Multiple scoreboards and a third video board benefit the fan experience and enable hosting of meets — from events held by community groups to American Athletic Conference and NCAA championships.

Challenging site

The project was built on a highly restrained site, requiring detailed coordination with contractors very early in the design process. The processes for excavating the pool, installing foundations and utility connections, even placing erection cranes used to lift a 180-foot-long truss, all had to be fully vetted in order to design the facility. Parking and staging space was very hard to come by, and the team developed numerous options for constructing the 17-foot-deep pool alongside building and dive-tower foundations. Also, the project was built in tandem with adjacent major utility work and with an eye toward a master plan that includes a future outdoor pool next door.

Project Details

Architect: Brinkley Sargent Wiginton Architects
Construction Cost: $25.8 million
Square Feet: 43,476
Occupancy: November 2017

ADA Lifts: Spectrum Aquatics

Aquatic Camera System: SwimPro

Bleachers - : Southern Bleacher Co.

Bulkheads - : Stark Bulkhead Co.

Chemical Control Systems - : BECS Technology, Inc.

Circulation Pumps/Pumps: Pentair Commercial Aquatics

Cleaners/Vacuums: Harmsco Filtration Products

Cleaners/Vacuums - : Aqua Products Inc.

Deck/Basin Surface: Diamond Brite

Deck/Basin Surface - : Dal-Tile Corp.

Dehumidifiers - : Seresco Technologies Inc.

Diving Boards - : Durafirm

Filtration Systems - : Neptune Benson Inc.

Gutters - : Neptune Benson Inc.

Ladders/Grab Bars - : Spectrum Aquatics

Lane Markers: Dal-Tile Corp.

Lane Markers - : Competitor Swim

Lighting - : Musco Sports Lighting LLC

Locker/Shower - Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.

Locker/Shower - Flooring: Laticrete

Locker/Shower - Lockers: Longhorn Locker Company LLC

Locker/Shower - Swimsuit Extractors: Extractor Corp./ SUITMATE

Sanitization Systems: Pulsar

Sanitization Systems: Stenner

Sanitization Systems - : Environmental Test Systems

Scoreboard/Timing Systems - : Colorado Time Systems

Sparger System: Pulsar

Starting Blocks - : Spectrum Aquatics

Architect Of Record

Brinkley Sargent Wiginton Architects
Dallas, TX

Aquatic Engineer

St. Louis, MO

Construction Manager

Beck Group
Dallas, TX

Structural Engineering

L.A. Fuess Partners
Dallas, TX