• Pool Type Indoor Leisure
  • Project Type Universities
  • Project Service Design Services
  • StatusCompleted 2007
  • ArchitectDMJM Design

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UNLV (Recreation Pool)

Las Vegas, NV

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, envisioned a multi-use facility to meet the needs of a growing student population; however, due to site limitations, the Student Recreation and Wellness Center had nowhere to go—but up. The resulting four stories incorporates activity spaces on every level, including a ground-level natatorium; two multipurpose activity courts; a group cycling room and fitness mezzanine; racquetball courts; a climbing wall; a spacious lobby with juice bar, coffee bistro, and convenience store; indoor/outdoor dining; meeting rooms and offices; and a four-court gymnasium with a suspended jogging track, offering views of the famous Las Vegas Strip.

Counsilman-Hunsaker designed three bodies of water that seamlessly blend together, making the small footprint as functional as possible for a combo fitness/leisure pool. The end result is a diverse design that encompasses a variety of student interests: a 25-yard lap pool for fitness, and a recreation pool, featuring a vortex and whirlpool spa, for leisure. The natatorium provides the student body a wide variety of recreation and wellness opportunities, including:

  • 3,400 sq. ft. 25-yard pool with six lap lanes
  • 1,900 sq. ft. recreation pool
  • 150 sq. ft. whirlpool spa
  • Vortex

Design Awards:

  • 2008 – ‘Innovative Architecture & Design’ Award  Recreation Management magazine