January-February 2014 Issue

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Eden Prairie Aquatics Center Focuses on Community Benefits

A planned Aquatics Center addition and renovation to the Eden Prairie Community Center will enhance recreational, competitive-sports, and fitness opportunities for the southwest suburban community.       

Designed by HGA Architects and Engineers, the Aquatics Center replaces the existing 12-lane lap pool with four new pools—an eight-lane competitive lap pool; a second eight-lane deep-water lap pool for diving, synchronized swimming, water polo, and wall climbing; a zero-depth recreational pool; and a shallow recreational pool for swim lessons and fitness programming. The Aquatics Center also provides spectator seating for 300.

The expansion is a continuation of a feasibility study HGA conducted to evaluate aquatics programming within the existing Community Center, which includes updated fitness equipment, two full-sized racquetball courts, three ice rinks, locker rooms, and several community meeting rooms. In developing the feasibly study and design plans, HGA conducted  a community-focused programming workshop to balance the needs of competitive swimming serving the youth-oriented Team Foxjet, high school swim teams, leisure activities, swim lessons, senior aquatics programs, youth swim programs, diving, and related support functions.

The Aquatics Center includes 46,690 square feet of new construction and 16,450 square feet of renovated space. The project will be completed in two phases, with the two lap pools slated for phase one, and demolition of the existing pool and construction of the two recreational pools in phase two. Pending City Council vote in March 2014, phase one construction will begin in May 2014, with completion in summer 2015. Phase two construction will begin immediately following, with completion in summer 2016.

“The expanded Aquatics Center is part of the City of Eden Prairie’s strategic vision to remain a desirable place to live, work, and conduct business within the Twin Cities southwestern quadrant,” said Victor Pechaty, AIA, vice president and design principle with HGA. “Our goal is to create an accessible, state-of-the-art Aquatics Center that serves diverse multigenerational needs and contributes to the City’s quality of life and economic vitality.”

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