Aug. 26, 2010
Boise State University (BSU) students now have more options for recreational activities, with yesterday's grand opening of the new 17,000-square-foot aquatics complex. Layton Construction Co., Inc. was the construction manager for the project, which began in early October 2009. The Aquatic Center was constructed as an addition to the existing Student Recreation Center on BSU's campus and includes:
- six-lane lap pool
- 1,800-square-foot recreational pool
- 12-person spa
- locker rooms
- fitness rooms
The facility's design includes many features that add to its comfort, sustainability and maintenance. A state-of-the-art dehumidification system that circulates water from the air back into the pools will increase the longevity of the structure. Solar hot water panels on the building's roof assist in heating both the pool and the HVAC systems to conserve on energy. The solar panels provide 30 percent of the annual energy necessary to heat the pools. Additionally, operable windows and a mechanical ventilation system in the skylight provide the option of completely shutting off the main mechanical system. Much of the lighting in the space is provided through daylighting. Direct heat gain during the summer months is controlled by exterior-mounted sunshades in addition to fritted and tinted glass.
Construction was completed on a challenging, congested site with virtually no staging area. Through the project team's diligence and out-of-the-box thinking, the project was efficiently and effectively built with minimal impact to student and traffic flow.
The facility's recreation pool and spa should become a destination for BSU students, with two exterior terraces, a climbing wall and dive-in movie provisions. The pool includes a series of jets that help simulate current for kayaking and other fitness programs. During warmer months, surrounding windows can be opened to allow patrons to dry in the sun on the facility's patio area.
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