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Midwest Health Aquatic Center
Topeka, KS
  • Pool Type Outdoor 25-Yard
  • Project Type Parks & Recreation
  • Project Service
  • StatusCompleted 2016
  • ArchitectB.A. Green Construction

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Counsilman-Hunsaker, in association with B.A. Green Construction Co., Inc., designed this unique, one-of-a-kind facility that is centered with a 9,000 sq. ft. “bow-tie” shaped wave pool. The pool has wide, zero-depth entries at both the north and south sides and generates four types of waves. The mechanics in the middle of the pool pushes air under the surface creating waves at the entry points.

To the west of the bow-tie pool is a 4,900 sq. ft. leisure pool that features a playground-like structure in the center with small slides running into the water, a zipping splash bucket and water cannons. A wet deck, integral to the leisure pool, allows parents to keep a close eye on younger children. At the end of the leisure pool is a circular pool with two basketball hoops and a vortex pool which tends to be very popular with teens.

To the east of the bow-tie pool is an area for more adventurous swimmers. A 75-foot-long zip line starts 14 feet above the pool and carries swimmers to an area of water about 10 feet deep where they make their final splash into the pool. That same area can be used for lap swimming when the zip line is not in use. The 35-foot slide tower encases two looping sides and a fast-speed slide carrying swimmers into small alcoves of the pool. Also featured are two run-out slides to whisk patrons down the water slide and eventually bringing them to the end where the slide “runs out”.

In addition to the design work, Counsilman-Hunsaker also supported Shawnee County Parks and Recreation with the development of a detailed expense and revenue plan providing numerous scenarios for admission costs that will be used for future planning.

Publications and Awards:

2017 – ‘Dream Designs’ Aquatics International magazine