Learning Spaces

HIGHER EDUCATION: North Gym Pool Complex | California State University, Fresno | Built


Women’s Swimming / Diving were introduced in response to the need to expand women’s athletic programs at Fresno State, and to facilitate participation at the highest level of competition a new facility was required to replace the obsolete indoor pool that no longer met NCAA requirements. The Aquatics Center features a multi-use 50 meter “stretch” competition pool with a movable bulkhead which allows three different sports to occur simultaneously; swimming, diving and water polo. Other features include a separate “kinesiology pool” for teaching, a warm pool for divers, and spectator seating. A building that houses Offices, Locker Rooms, Storage, a Meet Management Room and an Equipment Room borders the pool to the north. The pool building can be viewed from the campus and from the community, and presents an iconic image identified by a bold cantilevered “butterfly” roof. Materials, colors and textures were borrowed from the adjacent Softball Stadium to create a cohesive environment. The Architects chose to highlight the infrastructure that maintains the pool as a design feature to be celebrated. The Equipment Room features a tall, glazed, indirectly lit volume at the juncture of the “wings” of the butterfly roof and punctuates a prominent corner of the building.


(Architect of Record: Taylor Teter Partnership)


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