• Pool Type Indoor 50-Meter, Indoor 25-Yard
  • Project Type Parks & Recreation, Renovation
  • Project Service Design Services
  • StatusCompleted 2016
  • ArchitectLS3P Associates


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Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center – Renovation

Mecklenburg, NC

Mecklenburg Aquatic Center (1) Mecklenburg Aquatic Center (2)

The Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center is a world class natatorium featuring a 50-meter competition pool, a 25-yard therapeutic pool, and a spa. Originally constructed in 1991, with Counsilman-Hunsaker as the lead aquatic designer, the aquatic center was in need of major renovations and repairs. To address these issues, Counsilman-Hunsaker performed an audit to evaluate the life expectancy of the facility, while at the same time identified ways to enhance and complement existing programming. Moreover, the study developed project costs to repair and renovate the facility as well as additional enhancements.

In 2014, Counsilman-Hunsaker prepared an updated study of aquatic facility options that would help the community leaders make an educated decision before moving forward with the construction and operation of a natatorium expansion. Pleased with the study’s results, the city invested $8.6 million in improvements to renovate the facility. Renovations include:

Replacement of the diving boards, starting blocks, decks, gutters, and filtration systems

  • Two new stainless steel bulkheads
  • New pool finishes
  • Expansion of the aquatic center to provide space for new bleachers
  • New ultraviolet disinfection system for the competition pool
  • Renovation of the fitness area, locker rooms, seating areas, and building exterior
  • Replacement of fixtures throughout the facility
  • Upgrades to the mechanical, electrical, and telecommunications systems
  • Renovated and expansion of the lobby
  • New family change locker rooms
  • Full remodel of the existing men’s and women’s locker room

Since its commissioning, the aquatic center has hosted various national competitions including the Arena Pro Swim Series. The facility also offers programs and events for all ages and ability levels, one-on-one specialized instruction, lap swimming and recreational swimming.