Humboldt Family Aquatic Center

Humboldt Family Aquatic Center

Humboldt, IA 2007

Project Description

Preparing for the replacement of their 45-year-old pool, city officials in Humboldt, Iowa, determined that the old site, which was both restricted in size and located in a floodplain, wouldn?t be suitable for the new Family Aquatic Center. Instead, the city decided to centrally locate the pool on an entire city block where an old seed corn factory stood, allowing it to serve as an anchor for the city?s newly completed downtown revitalization and beautification project.

The 1.6-acre pool site is landscaped with 11 of the same antique-style light fixtures that were used in the downtown revitalization project. The 3,700-square-foot bathhouse is a split-faced masonry building with a bold blue roof that coordinates with the bright blue-and-yellow color theme. Inside, the bathhouse includes a family changing room and private showers in the locker rooms, and a full-service shaded concessions area that serves patrons both inside and outside.

The new pool boasts a large zero-depth area with several floor geysers, a lion slide and a mushroom waterfall. There are nine large shade canopies dispersed around the pool deck, one of which is located in the zero-depth entry. Also featured are seven 25-meter lanes, 1-meter and 3-meter diving boards, a large speed slide and a water slide.

Project Details

Architect: Burbach Aquatics Inc.; Platteville, Wis.
Area: 1.6 acres
Construction Cost: $3.25 million
Occupancy: June 2006