Thinking globally and locally

At 7,000 feet above sea level, this facility bears the distinction of housing the highest-elevation competitive 50-meter pool in North America. As such, it draws swimmers from all over for high-altitude training. University sessions also take place there.

Designers answered with this lap pool, which measures 50 meters by 25 yards. Ten 50-meter lanes can accommodate international visitors who rent them for training. The pool also can hold 21 cross lanes to maximize swim training for NAU athletes.

Two movable bulkheads measure 1- and 2 meters wide, with the larger one meant to accommodate starting blocks. The depth configuration, ranging from 4- to 9 feet, leaves enough flexibility for community programming and university-held phys ed classes.

For divers, a three-centerline tower features two 1-meter springboards, two 3-meter springboards, and platforms wide enough for synchronized diving and standing at 5-, 7½- and 10-meter heights. The diving pool depth graduates from 14- to 16¾ feet. On the opposite side of the pool, anchors allow for the future addition of 1-meter boards if more capacity is needed.

The design team placed video cameras at deck, seating and 10-meter levels to record training and meets. Recordings can be viewed immediately behind the dive tower in several locations.

Divers can warm up in the 8-by-14-foot spa, which accommodates general use as well.

A dedicated dryland training area features a 1-meter springboard, sunken trampoline and dive rigging — all located in a separate room to eliminate distraction. The building is certified LEED Gold.


Bulkheads: Stark Bulkheads

Circulation systems/gutters: Lawson Products; Pentair

Controller: BECS Technology; Pulsar Chlorinator; Taylor Wharton

Filtration/UV: Neptune-Benson

Guard chairs/safety equipment/starting blocks: Paragon Aquatics

Lighting: SPI

Lockers: Bradley

Pool cleaner: Maytronics

Pumps: Pentair

Racing lines: Competitor

Scoreboards/timing systems: Daktronics

Seating/bleachers: Interkal; DGJD

Springboards: Duraflex