Garland ISD Aquatic Center

The largest Natatorium in North Texas, Garland ISD was finally able to hold its grand opening in late October. The facility has been in use since December 2020 for the high schools. As COVID cases began declining, the facility began leasing out to the community in April 2021.

 

The 65,000 square foot facility includes two Myrtha pools, a 70-meter competition & a training pool equipped with two moveable bulkheads, one of which is 8 feet wide, making it one of the largest in the world.
There is also a 5-lane, 25-yard instructional pool with Myrtha’s prefabricated steps installed and a moveable floor lift.

 

The Natatorium will be able to not only host large competitive swimming and water polo events but will also be used in their school district’s Elementary School Swim Safety Program.

Over 32 weeks, the district brings in all 48 elementary schools to teach students how to stay safe around the pool and in bodies of water. The project was part of the 2014 bond election. The district broke ground on the facility on Feb. 7, 2019, and was completed on November 13, 2020. The total cost of construction was $30,140,586.

 

“It’s hard to explain and it’s hard to describe,” Aquatic Manager Philip Wiggins said. “I know it’s expensive to maintain, but if you can save a child’s life, you can’t put a price tag on that.”

 

Project Team

Aquatic Consultant: Water Technology, Inc

Architect: Huckabee Architects

Pool Contractor: Sunbelt Pools

General Contractor: Sedalco Construction

The largest Natatorium in North Texas is Garland ISD, a 65,000 square foot facility.
It includes two Myrtha pools, a 70-meter competition & a training pool equipped with two moveable bulkheads, one of which is 8 feet wide, making it one of the largest in the world.
There is also a 5-lane, 25-yard instructional pool with Myrtha’s prefabricated steps installed and a moveable floor lift.

 

The Natatorium will be able to not only host large competitive swimming and water polo events but will also be used in their school district’s Elementary School Swim Safety Program.

 

Over 32 weeks, the district brings in all 48 elementary schools to teach students how to stay safe around the pool and in bodies of water. The project was part of the 2014 bond election. The district broke ground on the facility on Feb. 7, 2019, and was completed on November 13, 2020. The total cost of construction was $30,140,586.

 

“It’s hard to explain and it’s hard to describe,” Aquatic Manager Philip Wiggins said. “I know it’s expensive to maintain, but if you can save a child’s life, you can’t put a price tag on that.”

 

Project Team

Aquatic Consultant: Water Technology, Inc

Architect: Huckabee Architects

Pool Contractor: Sunbelt Pools

General Contractor: Sedalco Construction