The growing population in Kodiak City, Alaska, meant the existing Kodiak Island Borough High School indoor pool was facing obsolescence. Following extensive information gathering and review,school officials chose to close the swimming pool and replace it in a new location behind the school.

Opened in October 2009, the new natatorium features a 6-lane-by-25-yard competition pool, a 1-meter diving board, a 24- to 42-inch-deep learn-to-swim training area, and a toddler wading area with bench seating.

With an ADA accessible ramp and stair entry, the pool is utilized for a variety of lessons, fitness classes and special events for both high school students and the entire community. While swim practice is in session, younger siblings and children can enjoy the adjacent shallow water.

Pool designers and engineers continue to improve innovation in design and systems. Kodiak Island Borough and the Kodiak Island Borough School District opted for on-site chlorine generation. This newer, saline pool sanitizing technology costs less to operate, requires less storage space, and minimizes the necessity for deliveries and handling of chemicals. The pool also includes UV sanitization, and an ADA-compliant accessible ramp and stair entry.


Opened: 2009

Cost: $12 million

Aquatic space: 11,000 square feet (not including locker rooms)

Dream amenities: The facility includes 25-yard competition pool with six lap lanes, a 1-meter diving springboard, and shallow-water areas.


  • Dream Designer: Counsilman-Hunsaker
  • Architect: ECI/Hyer
  • Aquatic Designer: Counsilman-Hunsaker
  • Structural Engineer: BBFM
  • Mechanical/Electrical Engineer: AMC
  • Civil Engineer: DOWL-HKM
  • Landscaping: Earthscape


  • Acu-Trol: Chemical control systems
  • Aqua Products: Cleaners/vacuums
  • Aurora: Pumps
  • Bell & Gossett: Heaters
  • Bradley Corp.: Lockers
  • Colorado Timing Systems: Timing system
  • daltile: Tile
  • Durafirm: Dive board
  • Elliptipar: Lighting
  • Hanovia/Aquionics: UV sanitizing system
  • Lawson Aquatics: Gutter grating
  • Paragon Aquatics: Access rails
  • Pentair Water Commercial Pool and Aquatics: Filters/pumps
  • Siemens Water Technologies: CO2 system
  • S.R. Smith: Starting blocks
  • TMI Saltpure: Chemical control systems, on-site chlorine generation equipment (saline sanitization)