2015 Aquatic Design Portfolio: First Colony Community Association Aquatic Center

Location: Sugar Land, Tex.
Project submitted by: Water Technology Inc., Clark Condon Associates Inc.

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A 2010 update of the First Colony Community Association's master plan called for a more cost-effective way to provide residents with a greater range of amenities, sparking the reprogramming of various sites, including the Aquatic Center Community Park, which is centrally located in the association's largest park and serves more than 10,000 households. The park's existing pools no longer met users' needs.

The new, multigenerational family leisure complex features a zero-depth-entry pool, a lazy river, slides, a vortex pool and a separate spray pad. Those looking for some additional excitement can grab a tube and enjoy twists and turns of the waterslide, which exits into the lazy river and vortex pool area.

The need for multiple programming spaces was a consideration in the design. The lazy river, for example, can also be used for training areas or assistive walking. The greater park initiative also brought about the addition of new volleyball courts, bocce courts, horseshoe pits, an expanded lakeside trail, two boardwalk areas, a lake overlook and expanded parking.

Aquatic Design Engineer:
Water Technology Inc., Beaver Dam, Wis.
Landscape Architect: Clark Condon Associates Inc., Houston, Tex.
Square Footage: Leisure Pool: 6,991; Spray Pad: 1,693: Leisure Aquatic Complex: 53,879; Park: 355,499
Cost: $3.6 million
Occupancy: May 2012

Ladders/Grab Bars: S.R. Smith
Chemical Control Systems: Siemen's Strantrol Impact
Deck/Basin Surface: Kool Deck
Filtration Systems: Neptune-Benson
Gutters: Swimquip Skimmers
Water Play Features: Vortex Aquatic Structures


Apd15In 2015 Athletic Business® introduced the inaugural Aquatic Design Portfolio. From splash pads to competitive swimming venues, these projects highlight the latest aquatic trends and design concepts. We hope they serve as inspiration to professionals across the athletic, fitness and recreation industries and their own aquatics projects. For more information, click here.
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