1.Natural light. The facility is aligned north/south, with solid walls on the east and west (where the sun would be most overwhelming). At the top of the natatorium, huge clerestory windows take full advantage of natural light.
2. Solar power. The building’s sloped
roof was designed “PV-ready” with special built-in
fasteners to hold the 85kW photovoltaic panels. These panels,
predicted to provide 15 percent of the building’s total
annual energy, were funded through a third-party process. Another
six-panel solar thermal installation heats the water for the
3. Energy recapture. A separate heat-recapture
system transfers waste heat off the mechanical system to heat the
4. Rainwater management. The facility manages
100 percent of its rainwater on site, diverting it through
bioswales and injection drywells that deliver the water back into
the ground (as opposed to storm drains).
5. Materials. Recycled materials were used
throughout, including lockers, party rooms and bathrooms. Whenever
possible, materials were chosen for multiple uses, be it structural
material that doubles as a finish or a roof deck made from material
that also absorbs noise.
6. Construction. Ninety-five percent of the
construction waste debris was recycled.
7. Equipment. Use of variable frequency drives
on all the pump motors reduces energy consumption, while a
regenerative media filter reduces to a fraction the amount of water
needed compared with a normal backwash filtration process.
8. Air quality. Efforts were made to keep
chloramines to a minimum, including the addition of an ultraviolet
filtration process for pool water, and a mechanical system that
supplies air high in the building and exhausts low.