Woodrow Wilson High School

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Woodrow Wilson High School

Washington, D.C. 2011

Project Description

Featuring a 50-meter-by-25-yard competition pool, a wellness/leisure pool, a whirlpool, spectator seating, locker rooms, administration areas and associated support spaces, the Wilson Aquatic Center is designed to be a premier venue for the District of Columbia.

The urban site is bound by constraints on all sides. To the west is historic Woodrow Wilson High School, to the south and east are forested-wetland-area buffer lines, and a significant ground slope runs from north to south. The two-level design fits the site’s natural slope, while the plan elements and glazed openings are oriented to leverage prevailing winds and the sun cycle.

Clerestory window openings around the competition pool fill the natatorium with natural light. Large arched northeastern windows provide daylighting while reflecting the character of the school. During competitions, the lower portions of the arch windows are equipped with electronically controlled fold-down screens that minimize glare. The facility is designed for natural ventilation during the spring and fall seasons, as incoming air enters through operable windows along the southern sides of the building, and exhaust fans are located at the northeast clerestory openings.

The building’s brick facade is articulated with arches, and horizontal cast stone sills and coping. The wave-like roof structure above the competition pool complements the masonry plinth and creates an identity for the new facility.

Project Details

Architect: Hughes Group Architects; Sterling, Va.
Construction Cost: $26.7 million
Square Feet: 54,000
Occupancy: August 2009

Bleachers: Aluminum Seating Inc.

Bulkheads: Stark Bulkhead Co.

Chemical Control Systems: Siemens Water Technologies

Cleaners/Vacuums: Dolphin

Deck/Basin Surface: Dal-Tile Corp.

Deck/Basin Surface: SGM Industries

Dehumidifiers: PoolPak International

Diving Boards: Paragon Aquatics, Div. of Pentair

Filtration Systems: Neptune-Benson Inc.

Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.

Gutters: Paddock Pool Equipment Co.

Heaters: API Heat Transfer

Ladders/Grab Bars: Paragon Aquatics, Div. of Pentair

Lane Markers: Richey Industries Inc.

Lighting: Pentair Water Pool and Spa

Lockers: Spec-Rite Designs

Sanitization Systems: Engineered Treatment Systems LLC

Saunas/Whirlpools: Paddock Pool Equipment Co.

Scoreboard/Timing Systems: Colorado Time Systems

Shower/Toilet Partitions: Scranton Products

Starting Blocks: S.R. Smith

Water Play Features: Vortex Aquatic Structures Int'l Inc.