The natatorium at Mooresville High School was designed to facilitate the academic instruction of students, while accomodating integrated community programs such as life saving, scuba, physical therapy, athletic conditioning, recreational and family swimming, and possibly even fly-fishing instruction. The facility also needed to support competitive swim meets under both ASSOCIATED FIRMCircle Design Group; McComas Engineering; L&W ConstructionCAPACITY551COST PER SQ FT$118.55FEATURED IN2001 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized and metric competition class standards. All of this was to be realized within strict financial restraints.
The design maximized facility flexibility using existing assets. The addition uses existing varsity locker rooms and showers for home teams. The center is located between the primary existing public entrance, and access is convenient and flexible for after-hours use. New public locker rooms function as visitor lockers during competitions. Supplemented existing systems provide heating and cooling. Spectator seating is above the new public locker rooms and pool support systems, accessed from the existing Grand Hall. The transition from lap lanes to deep well is accomplished via a floating, movable bulkhead to accommodate both 25-yard and 25-meter distances, while maintaining regulation diving clearances.