Keeping in mind that Boise enjoys sun more than 200 days per year, the design team created the nearly 18,000-square-foot facility to take advantage of as much natural light as possible and connect with the environs. Large, operable windows on three sides provide a direct visual connection to the outdoors. A continuous skylight creates shadow patterns, and clerestory windows bring in reflected daylight, which balances the space. In warm weather, a large sliding door can open and create a connection to the outdoor terraces. The windows and skylight also provide ventilation when weather allows, thereby adding to energy efficiency. To that end, the team also had solar panels installed on the roof to aid with the pool heating and HVAC system. Blue mosaic tiles on the vertical surfaces echo waterfeatures, while the white of the ceilings, structure and high walls put the focus where it belongs — on the blue water.

The facility includes a six-lane competition/lap pool measuring 25 yards by 45 feet, with a deck-level gutter system and a current jet system for swimming or kayak training. The facility also is configured to accommodate an aquatic climbing wall in the deep end. The 1,800-square-foot recreational pool features bench seating, volleyball and basketball play area, and is attached to a 120-square-foot, 12-person freeform spa. An in-deck lane-line storage compartment optimizes usable deck space. One of the high white walls is designed to function as a giant movie screen for “dive-in movie” programming.