While officially a YMCA, this space actually came together through a collaboration between the Y, the City of Edmond, Okla., and its public school district. Each group brought its own portion of the budget, as well as its own distinct needs. The school district needed a space for training and competitions, while the city and YMCA sought features that could be used for a wide range of instruction, as well as therapy, leisure and play.

What resulted was this multi-use facility, which contains separate spaces for the family/leisure pool and the sanctioned competition pool. While their functions may distinguish the spaces, certain design touches tie them together. Extensive use of glass unites the various components — wet areas with dry, the separate competition and leisure pool spaces, and the interior with the outdoors.

It wasn’t a quick process, though. The stakeholders worked long hours deciding how to best serve everybody’s needs and make the best use of the square footage they could jointly afford. Some savings were incurred by including a geothermal system for energy efficiency.

Certain measures were taken so that, when competitions are held in the center, the two aquatic spaces can be operated and accessed separately. This way, organizers can appropriately control the population in their spaces, and neither area would have to shut down when the other is in use. During competitions, large glass overhead doors close the openings between the two aquatic spaces and a dedicated entry is used for the competition pool area. Additionally, dedicated locker rooms are put into use for the teams, while access from other locker rooms or corridors are locked down.