Fort Bend Aquatic Practice Facility - Fort Bend ISD

Recreation, Schools


Fort Bend County, Texas


42,000 sf

Project Features
  • Stretch 50 meter pool
  • Naturally ventilated pool pavilion
  • Garage doors double as shading devices
  • 88 car parking lot
  • One story administration area
  • Suites, locker rooms and weight room

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.

Nicola Springer, AIA, LEED AP 713 426 7510
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Nicola is an expert in 21st century learning environments and educational design. She has created state-of-the-art public and private schools and developed PlayTheory, a process that engages stakeholders in a fun, collaborative way to gather quantitative and qualitative information that is used during the design phase. Nicola's talents and expertise are often utilized on projects throughout the firm, including higher education and community projects.

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