SERA teamed with Water Technology, Interface Engineers, KPFF Civil, and Mayer/Reed Landscape Architects in the design of a new 15,000 square foot 8-lane competition pool for the David Douglas School District. David Douglas has a history of producing champion swimmers, from a regional level up to the Olympics. The new aquatic center will celebrate this history, and pave the way for new generations of athletes to excel. After completing a full facility replacement analysis, the team determined it would be more cost effective to build a new facility, which will also allow the existing facility to be repurposed to meet other recreational needs. In addition to designing the facility to accommodate the 500 spectators expected to attend a regional swim meet, the deck contains extra space for dry land exercises, classes and life guard training. Also included in the program are full service locker rooms, a generous lobby with space to display awards, and mechanical support areas.
SERA used the same team as on the East Portland Aquatics Center, which allowed the school district to capitalize on the team’s previous research and to quickly incorporate similar water and energy savings features that proved to be cost effective in a tight design schedule. In addition, the David Douglas pool also includes a 20 panel solar thermal system, using the state’s 1 ½% for Solar program, to heat the pool water. The facility is currently under construction and is expected to be ready for the 2014 summer recreation swimming season.