In recreation centers, roll-up doors made of metal are typically used to allow for easy transport of equipment between indoor and outdoor activity spaces, or to close off storage areas or point-of-sale operations.
But roll-up doors of the type specified for the natatorium at the AUM (Auburn University at Montgomery) Wellness Center serve a more healthful purpose — helping to keep the interior environment fresh. Three 10-by-10-foot operable panels provide up to 300 square feet of open air whenever the time seems right. Says James Braam, a director of Kansas City, Mo.-based design firm HOK's Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice, "You can have the best mechanical system in the world, but you're still always fighting chloramines close to the pool deck."
This article originally appeared in the June 2015 issue of Athletic Business with the title "Design Details"