Central York School District, Natatorium

York, Pennsylvania

The Central York School District natatorium is a 20,000-square-foot facility that includes an eight-lane competition-class pool, as well as supporting amenities to accommodate local and regional swim and diving meets. The natatorium—an addition to the existing high school—also supports the district’s high school physical-education ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$201.50CITATIONSpecialized Facility CitationFEATURED IN2009 Architectural Portfolio and swimming instruction for the children in the primary schools.

Seating 500 spectators on the mezzanine level and 250 competitors on the pool deck level, the facility has independent vehicle dropoff and entrance points that permit use by students and the community before and after school hours without compromising school security. Some important design features include strategically placed windows that maximize natural lighting; creative acoustics control; and indirect pool perimeter track lighting that prevents glare.

Also, the use of roof-mounted fabric ductwork prevents negative indoor air quality issues resulting from high humidity levels. The dehumidification system also helps to reduce energy costs by recovering and returning heat to the indoor environment.

"This natatorium is a wonderful addition to the existing school. A fantasic use of natural light and indirect light helps make this a beautiful facility."--2009 jury