Benson Alex Riseman Aquatic Center, University of Tampa

Tampa, Florida
Construction Cost: $20 million
Area / Square Feet: 32,000 SF
Occupancy Date: March 2022

Originally opened to students in 2016, the University of Tampa Fitness Center anticipated a Phase II expansion to incorporate more amenities for campus wellness and recreation. In October 2020, the university received a generous donation from Class of 1978 alumnus and longterm supporter, Benson Alex Riseman, along with a $20 million bond to build the recreational complex expansion. 

Intended to serve students, the new center is home to the Spartan men’s and women’s swimming teams. It features a pristine 11-lane, 25-yard Myrtha competition pool that accommodates intercollegiate competition swimming, a small recreational pool and a whirlpool spa.

The three separate pools enable the university to accommodate multiple activities at once, while the spacious deck provides a plethora of lounging and shade options for students. Construction began in October 2020, and included three new basketball courts and a reconfigured volleyball complex, as well as a two-story bathhouse with lockers, baths, a premier viewing area, additional workout spaces, academic classrooms, research space, workstations, and an expanded space for the university’s bike program.


KWJ Architects Inc.


Water Technology Inc.  


  • 11-lane, 25-yard Myrtha competition pool 
  • Recreational pool 
  • Whirlpool


Chemical Control Systems
BECS Technology Inc.
Scoreboard/Timing Systems
Colorado Time Systems
Lane Markers
Competitor Swim
Gutters, Ladders/Grab Bars
Myrtha Pools
ADA Lifts, Access Ramps
Spectrum Aquatics