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Fort Bend ISD Aquatic Practice Facility

Sugar Land, Texas
Construction Cost: $6.75 million
Area / Square Feet: 42,000
Occupancy Date: June 2011

Deceptively simple, the pool enclosure of the FBISD Aquatic Practice Facility functions as an open-air pavilion. The pre-engineered steel structure is clad with semi-translucent roof panels for controlled light transmittance, while the sidewalls are actually operable doors. The pavilion is lined with louvers above the doors and at the continuous roof stack, which act as"gills," allowing for airflow at all times, even when doors are closed. In the colder months, radiant heat keeps spectators and swimmers warm.

The pool is of concrete construction with ceramic tile gutters and two fiberglass bulkheads, and can be configured to operate one 50-meter meet, or two 25-yard meets with four training lanes simultaneously. The administration area contains meet manager and coaches’ suites, boys' and girls' locker rooms, a weight room, restrooms, a vending area and a reception space.

The exterior wall of the administrative space is a system of burnished-block masonry veneer, metal panels and storefront glass. Exposed concrete floors at the pool deck and administration suite were utilized both for their functional and aesthetic value. Polished concrete floors in the administration suite reduce maintenance costs, while broom-finished concrete on the pool deck provides the necessary slip resistance. The pool area is defined by a white structure and deck, with translucent/aluminum panels on the walls and ceiling. Limestone and burnished block bookend the pavilion space. All finishes were chosen for their resistance to humidity and corrosion, easing the need for maintenance.