SFS Architecture

Community Engagement

Maryville Family Aquatic Center

Maryville, MO

New aquatic center design replaces aging facility, creates family recreation destination

Challenge

Design a new family aquatic center to replace an aging facility and create a top-notch recreation destination for local residents and visitors from neighboring communities.

Process

SFS worked closely with the Parks and Recreation Department and community user/stakeholder groups to create a vision for the Maryville Family Aquatic Center, including conducting a survey of area communities with similar facilities to determine operational costs, user fees, and revenue and attendance projections.

Solution

The community aquatic and recreation center achieved its goal as an area destination that maximized entertainment value while being economical to construct and operate. The outdoor/indoor facility includes an eight-lane, 25-meter pool in a city park adjacent to several sand volleyball courts. The complex features a plunge pool with two water slides, a wading pool, shade structures, grassy areas, a filter house, a concession building and a bathhouse. A curved bulkhead that provides seating and water jet therapy separates the main pool’s deep and shallow swimming areas. The shallow area includes a zero-depth area, two eight-foot-high columns with adjustable fountain sprays and a bench with waterfall features.

Awards & Publications

1998
Published, Contemporary World Architecture

1994
Published, Architectural Record

1993
American Institute of Architects Central States Region, Award for Excellence in Architecture
Missouri/Kansas American Concrete Pavement Association, Excellence in Paving Award

1992
American Institute of Architects Kansas City, Award for Excellence in Architecture