The Monon Center and Outdoor Aquatic Facility

The Monon Center and Outdoor Aquatic Facility

Carmel, IN 2008

Project Description

Built into the planted hillsides of Carmel’s 160-acre Central Park, the Monon Center affords a range of recreational opportunities in a stunning setting. Building components were strategically placed to reduce impact to the site, which is located in the Carmel Creek watershed and surrounded by residential neighborhoods. The building is marked by strong geometry, large open volumes within, and panoramic views to the outdoors.

The multifaceted community center contains an indoor natatorium featuring a leisure pool and a six-lane recreational lap pool, a three-court gymnasium, health/fitness areas, an indoor children’s play zone, a café, administrative offices and a banquet room. It is augmented by a companion 2,098-bather-capacity outdoor aquatic center that features a zero-depth-entry activity pool; a four-lane, recreational lap pool; a lazy river, “kiddie” pool and children’s sprayground; two large water slides; a deep pool with a 1-meter diving board and drop slide; and a bathhouse and concessions area.

The building’s design was influenced by the interurban Monon Trail greenway route that runs through the site. The Monon Center structure features an enclosed pedestrian bridge that spans the trail and links the site’s passive and active programming spaces.

Project Details

Architect: Williams Architects Ltd.; Carol Stream, Ill.
Construction Cost: $32 million
Square Feet: 146,000
Occupancy: May 2007

Basketball Backboards/Supports: Porter Athletic Equipment Co.

Bleachers/Grandstands: Interkal

Chemical Control Systems: Siemens Water Technologies

Dehumidifiers: Dectron Inc.

Divider Curtains: Porter Athletic Equipment Co.

Elliptical Equipment: Life Fitness

Flooring, Aerobics: Connor Sport Court International

Flooring, Fitness Center: Johnsonite

Free Weight Equipment: Life Fitness

Gymnastics Equipment: Porter Athletic Equipment Co.

Heaters: A.O. Smith

Heaters: Lochinvar Corp.

Lockers: Hollman Inc.

Lockers: Lenox Locker Co.

Sanitization Systems: Arch Chemicals Inc.

Shower/Toilet Partitions: Scranton Products

Stationary Bikes: Cybex International Inc.

Strength Equipment: Life Fitness

Strength Equipment: Cybex International Inc.

Surfaces, Basketball: Connor Sport Court International

Surfaces, Multipurpose: Johnsonite

Surfaces, Track: Johnsonite

Swimsuit Dryer: Extractor Corp.

Treadmills: Life Fitness

Volleyball Nets and Standards: Porter Athletic Equipment Co.

Wall Padding: Porter Athletic Equipment Co.

Water Play Features: WhiteWater West Industries Ltd.

Water Play Features: Splashtacular

Water Play Features: Fountain People Inc., The