Flagstaff Aquatic and Multigenerational Center serves not only its local community (seniors in particular) but also tourists traveling to see the Painted Desert and the Grand Canyon. The facility houses a large, solar-heated leisure pool with a lazy river, two large slides and play features; a multiactivity gymnasium for basketball, volleyball, inline hockey and soccer; multipurpose rooms; a childcare area; a large gallery for passive activities and viewing of the climbing wall; an elevated track; a large fitness area overlooking the pool, gym and gallery; and dance and fitness studios.
The building was designed to fit into and preserve the native landscape of the site, a mountainous and wooded location on the edge of town. Flagstaff has few public buildings or consistent vernacular, adding greater importance to the architectural statement. The center’s architecture combines laminated wood timber, concrete and glass in both pitched and low-sloped roofs in a composition interpreting familiar forms and materials in a new way. Transparent to the street, the large two-story gallery space anchors the building, and its swooping entry roof invites users inside. Cement fiberboard siding provides the appearance of wood, but requires little maintenance.
Project DetailsArchitect: Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture; Denver, Colo.
Aquatic Design Engineer: Water Technology Inc.; Beaver Dam, Wis.
Programming/Operational Consultant: Ballard*King & Associates; Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Associated Firm: Johnson Walzer Associates Architecture; Flagstaff, Ariz.
Construction Cost: $13.5 million
Square Feet: 51,441
Occupancy: August 2008
Access Ramps/Stairs: Paragon Aquatics, Div. of Pentair
Basketball Backboards/Supports: Jaypro Sports LLC
Chemical Control Systems: BECS Technology Inc.
Climbing Walls: Entre Prises Climbing Walls
Covers: Grate Technologies
Divider Curtains: Jaypro Sports LLC
Filters: Neptune-Benson Inc.
Flooring, Aerobics: Connor Sport Court
Gutters: Grate Technologies
Ladders/Grab Bars: Paragon Aquatics, Div. of Pentair
Lighting: Lithonia Lighting
Lighting: Pentair Water Pool and Spa
Lockers: Club Resource Group
Saunas/Whirlpools: Shasta Pools & Spas
Scoreboard/Timing Systems: Daktronics Inc.
Scoreboards: Daktronics Inc.
Shower/Toilet Partitions: Bobrick Washroom Equipment Inc.
Surfaces, Basketball: Dynamic Sports Construction Inc.
Surfaces, Multipurpose: Connor Sport Court
Surfaces, Track: Mondo
Water Play Features: Vortex Aquatic Structures Int'l Inc.
Water Play Features: SplashTacular Entertainment