Deaconess Aquatic Center

Evansville, Indiana
Construction Cost: $28.4 million
Area / Square Feet: 74,731 SF
Occupancy Date: October 2021

The Deaconess Aquatic Center was born from a vision to create a space that provides swimming amenities for the entire community. The goal of the city and its residents was to create a state-of-the-art center for everyone — a place for swimmers of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels to enjoy. 

Nestled into Garvin Park, the two-story facility’s front door is situated across from historic Bosse Field. The intentional juxtaposition of the contrasting architectural styles between the two buildings forms an anchor at the entrance to this historic park. The aquatic center’s exterior is a modest building form mixed with a variety of materials — translucent panels, glass, metal — to add interest and depth. Metals pay tribute to the industrial history of the neighborhood, while wood tones add warmth. 

The aquatic center is divided into two separate areas — competitive and recreational. The Lilly King Competition Pool, dedicated to Evansville native and Olympic gold medalist swimmer Lilly King, is a stretch 50-meter pool where diving and swimming can occur simultaneously. It can accommodate both collegiate and high school swim meets. A large mezzanine holds 960 spectators and provides great views of the entire competition area. Some special amenities of the 16,000-square-foot pool include 10 lap lanes, two bulkheads that provide numerous pool configurations, a separated diving well, under-deck lane line storage, a state-of-the-art timing system, an on-deck shower, and a custom mural featuring Lilly King. 

The 4,000-square-foot recreational pool has four lap lanes, a stair entry, a zero-depthentry area with play features, a basketball goal, and space for swim lessons with a builtin shelf where kids can sit. To top off the fun amenities, a 1,750-square-foot splash park is located outside, adjacent to this space.


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Pools - Sanitization Systems


Locker/Shower - Shower/Toilet Partitions

ASI Group

Locker/Shower - Flooring

Atlas Concorde

Pools - Deck/Basin Surface

Atlas Concorde

Building Systems - Pre-Engineered Structures


Pools - Chemical Control Systems

BECS Technology Inc.

Pools - Scoreboard/Timing Systems

Colorado Time Systems

Pools - Lane Markers

Competitor Swim

Pools - Gutters


Pools - Access Ramps/Stairs

Diamond Brite

Pools - Diving Boards

Duraflex International

Pools - Cleaners/Vacuums

DuraMAX Duo

Pools - Filtration Systems

Neptune Benson/Evoqua Water Technologies

Pools - Bleachers

PlayCore with Hussey Seating Company vinyl covers

Pools - Dehumidifiers


Pools - Heaters


Locker/Shower - Lockers


Pools - Cleaners/Vacuums


Pools - Bulkheads


Pools - Ladders/Grab Bars

Spectrum Aquatics

Pools - Starting Blocks

Spectrum Aquatics

Pools - Lighting

SPI Lighting

Locker/Shower - Swimsuit Extractors

SUITMATE By Extractor Corp.

Pools - Water Play Features

Waterplay Solutions Corp.