Long Bridge Aquatics and Fitness Centre

Arlington, Virginia
Construction Cost: $54.7 million
Area / Square Feet: 92,000 SF
Occupancy Date: June 2020

Located north of the Crystal City neighborhood of Arlington, Va., this long-awaited project “completes” Long Bridge Park by extending the existing 30-acre sport park north to a 92,000-square-foot aquatic and fitness center. The building’s origami-like folded roof and wall structure continue the sophisticated geometry and levels of the existing park and are reinforced by long diagonals in the glazed openings. 

The built form is a pavilion fully integrated into the park’s dynamic landscape and neighboring houses. Separate natatoriums feature a 50-meter competition pool and an expansive leisure pool. Between these signature spaces are multipurpose rooms, change rooms and fitness spaces. A public route through the facility connects two large entrance porches that support and shelter public activity. 

Completing the park and ending the esplanade in a civic space has increased the usage and amenities within the park for walkers, joggers and cyclists and has provided a sheltered focus for park events. 

The brownfield site was extensively remediated to allow public activity on the site. Stormwater management is handled through the use of rain gardens that collect and filter the water prior to release into the Potomac watershed. A chloramine capture system is used within the natatoriums to optimize interior air quality. Carefully calibrated glazing ratios and window placement achieve a high level of daylighting without creating unsafe glare on the water.



Washington, D.C.


MJMA Architecture & Design

Toronto, Ont.


Water Technology Inc.

Fort Worth, Texas


Locker/Shower - Shower/Toilet Partitions

ASI Group

Pools - Chemical Control Systems

BECS Technology Inc.

Pools - Scoreboard/Timing Systems

Colorado Time Systems

Pools - Scoreboard/Timing Systems

Colorado Time Systems/Playcore 

Pools - Lane Markers

Competitor Swim

Pools - Deck/Basin Surface

Dal-Tile Corp. 

Pools - Diving Boards

Duraflex International

Laundry - Dryers

General Electric

Laundry - Washers

General Electric

Locker/Shower - Lockers

Hollman Inc.

Pools - Heaters

Lochinvar Heaters

Pools - Lighting


Fitness Center - Flooring, Fitness Center


Pools - Filtration Systems

Neptune Benson/Evoqua Water Technologies

Pools - Sanitization Systems

Neptune Benson/Evoqua Water Technologies

Pools - Bulkheads

Paddock Pool Equipment Company

Pools - Gutters

Paddock Pool Equipment Company

Pools - Dehumidifiers


Fitness Center - Flooring, Aerobics

Robbins Sports Surfaces

ADA Lift


Pools - Bleachers


Pools - Access Ramps/Stairs

Spectrum Aquatics

Pools - Ladders/Grab Bars

Spectrum Aquatics

Pools - Starting Blocks

Spectrum Aquatics

Pools - Water Slide


Locker/Shower - Swimsuit Extractors

SUITMATE by Extractor Corp.

Pools - Water Play Features

Waterplay Solutions Corp.