Kirksey designed the new Aquatic Practice Facility for Fort Bend ISD. The aquatic facility is a 50-meter stretch pool with three diving boards and has the capacity to allow for two teams of cross swimming and diving. Site amenities include a parking lot for 88 cars and a car and bus dropoff. Adjacent to the pool are the administration services. The administration area is one story conditioned space which contains the Meet Manager’s suite, coaches’ suite, boys’ and girls’ locker rooms, a weight room, men’s and women’s public restrooms, a vending area and reception. The facility features 20 glazed garage doors and operable Kalwall skylights.
The challenge to design a naturally ventilated pool pavilion that would be adaptable to the seasonal temperature extremes and be comfortable to spectators and swimmers alike meant designing for requirements in opposition to each other yet occurring simultaneously. Exploration through Schematic Design revealed much about passive ventilation design in our challenging environment. As we explored the fundamental strategies for passive cooling through Venturi and Stack Effect, we utilized modern analysis of computational fluid dynamics and mesh design to optimize the design. Innovation was explored with the use of garage doors doubling as shading devices even as they contribute to the Venturi effect by focusing the path of air through the structure.