This is the second year in a row that a Ray and Joan Kroc Corps facility has been honored. The centers are meant to serve as a beacon of hope for the underprivileged in their communities, especially children. The aquatics portion of this center contains a 23,600-square foot natatorium along with approximately 16,000 square feet of outdoor area. Though this center is largely meant to attract children, some features also transcend age. The whirlpool, current channel, and hydrotherapy bench serve the interests of everyone from children to active-aging adults. For this reason, seniors use it on a daily basis through local programs. The designers also strove for energy efficiency and achieved one of the highest energy and environmental design certifications possible, the LEED Gold. The building was made with a double-thick masonry wall filled with open-cell foam over a moisture barrier to lower energy loss through the walls. Heat gain is reduced with the use of thermal breaks to serve as insulation at the roof. Solar energy is used to heat the pool and other elements.