• Pipe Dreams

    by Robert Mcdonald November 2003

    Though it does its work behind the scenes, a building's plumbing system takes center stage in the planning of locker and laundry rooms, natatoriums and a host of other ancillary areas

  • Pools Are Finding New Ways to Treat Water

    by Kenneth C. Ward October 2002

    Chlorine and bromine, effective sanitizers with some distinct disadvantages, are increasingly augmented with supplemental means of water treatment

  • Sound Barriers

    by Michael Popke August 2002

    Gymnasiums, natatoriums and lobbies can be notorious echo chambers, but panels, baffles, banners and blocks can help turn down the volume

  • Accidents Happen at Aquatic Facilities

    by Scot Hunsaker March 2002

    But How Do Aquatic Facility Operators Handle Them?

  • Aquatic Risk Management Must be Structured, Organized, Documented to Avoid Liability

    by Tom Griffiths December 2000

    It's mainly common sense, but aquatic risk management must be structured, organized and documented to avoid liability.

  • A New Style Of Pool

    by Robert J. Johnston & David W. Roach May 1999

    Improving on the leisure pool concept.

  • Getting Pool Light Right

    by Scot Hunsaker March 1998

    Proper design and placement of natural and artificial light sources can ensure people see your natatorium in the best possible light

  • The Leisure Revolution

    by Robert J. Johnston and Vic Davies December 1991

    This article originally appeared in the December 1991 issue of AB.


    Aquatic facility construction dates to the times of the Roman empire. At the start of the Christian era, many baths were built throughout the Mediterranean and even the United Kingdom. The facilities built at that time were referred to as “thermae” and were the centers of leisure and recreation, with people of all economic orders using the baths for cleansing, sport and enjoyment. Bathing has passed through many stages of development through the ages. At times, it has been completely prohibited and denounced as a sin; at other times, it has been regarded as a medical necessity—a prerequisite of well-being.

  • How to Help Prepare Your Pool for Winter

    by P. Kirk Mitchell September 1990

    To drain or not to drain? Generally, you’ll make life a lot easier on yourself if you leave your outdoor pools filled for the winter, if you follow a few simple steps.

    Winterizing a large public or commercial swimming pool requires a keen insight into detail. Why? Because metallic and plastic swimming pool components and equipment are extremely vulnerable to lateral and upheaval forces generated by freezing water. Extreme care must be taken to protect equipment (pumps, heaters and filters, for example) plumbing and pool surfaces.

  • The New Campus Natatorium

    by Joe Hunsaker October 1989

    This article originally appeared in the October 1989 issue of AB with the headline, “A New Splash at Colleges.”


    A new trend in aquatic recreation—the leisure pool—has been making its way into municipal and county indoor recreation complexes for a number of years, but now leisure pools also seem poised for entry into the college environment.