Category Archives: Aquatics

On The Edge Of Spectacular

The earliest documented swimming pools include the “Great Bath” at Mohenjo-Daro, now Pakistan, pools built for military and athletic training by the ancient Greeks, and the famous Roman baths, built during the occupation of Britain by Emperor Claudius to stabilize and enclose the natural hot springs below. Pools have been a part of human civilization since the 3rd millennium B.C. Modern swimming pools began to appear in Britain as swimming clubs became popular in the mid-19th century. The concept expanded … Continue reading

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The Starting Point

In the spring of 2011, the city of Stevens Point, Wis., began the historic Mathias Mitchell Downtown Square Redevelopment Project. The landscape architecture firm Rettler Corporation partnered with the city, from the master planning to the ribbon-cutting ceremony. The following is the process that made the project a success, as well as advice for anyone planning for a water feature. Planning And Design The first step to a successful water feature (fountain, splash pad, spray pad) involves public input and … Continue reading

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Mesa State College Natatorium

From the Parks & Rec Business Magazine 2011 Project Portfolio: Counsilman-Hunsaker Facility Name: Mesa State College City,State: Grand Junction, Colo. Cost of Project: $41 million Type of Facility: Recreation Center Aquatics Consultant: Counsilman-Hunsaker Architect: Sink Combs Dethlefs Status: Completed May 2010 Square Footage: 20,644 The El Pomar Natatorium, located within the Maverick Center and Hamilton Recreation Center, has undergone a renovation and expansion, resulting in the most modern and exciting recreation facility in western Colorado. With its beautiful wall of … Continue reading

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Artistic Hollywood Masterpiece

The Specs: Location: Hollywood Hills, Calif. Designer: Kerri McCoy, Derian Quality Pools Inc., Moorpark, Calif. Amenities: This ultra-modern, three-sided infinity pool and spa literally “hangs” off the hillside. The pool and flying deck are supported by 27 structural 3-foot diameter caissons that were drilled 40 feet deep into the hillside’s bedrock, then tied together by grade beams. The view from this magnificent pool perched high in the hills will take your breath away! The hydrotherapy spa overlooks the city lights … Continue reading

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Student Competition Focuses On Water

Landscape architecture students have a chance to win $15,000 in the 2011 AECOM student competition, Urban SOS: Water. Urban SOS is an annual student competition created to engage students in the fields of urban planning and design, architecture, landscape architecture and engineering with the issues confronting modern cities. Water, the world’s most vital resource, is central to every aspect of city life, from basic human sustenance and public health to environmental remediation and overall urban renewal. Submissions are being accepted … Continue reading

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