SFS Architecture

Maryville Family Aquatic Center

Maryville, MO

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


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.


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.


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

Published, Contemporary World Architecture

Published, Architectural Record

Award for Excellence in Architecture, American Institute of Architects - Central States

Excellence in Paving Award, Missouri/Kansas American Concrete Pavement Association

Award for Excellence in Architecture - American Institute of Architects - Kansas City

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