Erasmus Hall High School is the site of the oldest school in New York City. Its large indoor pool dates from the 1920s. When the architect was called in, the pool had been out of use for almost a year because of severe deterioration. Because this pool was the only sports facility in the building and neighborhood, local political pressure resulted in an expedited ASSOCIATED FIRMSeverud Associates Consulting Engineers, PCCOST PER SQ FT$241.60FEATURED IN2002 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYInterior Renovation and close scrutiny.
In just eight weeks, the architect assessed the issues and updated the pool using the latest in modern materials (super-fast drying cement, a high-tech waterproof membrane with epoxy grout). The skylight, ceilings and lighting were renovated in a manner sympathetic to the unique historical context of the facility. A new concrete tank and new tilework were installed. Stainless-steel pool gutters and mechanical equipment were refurbished. New pool equipment, including competition clocks, racing platforms and lifeguard stations, was introduced.