In December 2009, the City of Amarillo, Texas, in conjunction with Panhandle Aquatics Inc. retained Brinkley Sargent Architects and Counsilman-Hunsaker to provide the viability for the design and construction of a potential new aquatic center in the City of Amarillo. With the recent closing of two indoor pools in the city, the study identified the aquatic program, activity, and service needs of the community. The study evaluated how the City of Amarillo could create a host facility for competitive training, venue programming, recreation, fitness, and water safety opportunities for people of all ages in an affordable and accessible aquatic center.
Working in a partnership, in 2016, the school district and city decided to re-visit the need for more indoor pool space for the City of Amarillo residents. Brinkley Sargent Wiginton Architects in association with Counsilman-Hunsaker were contracted by the City of Amarillo, Texas, to provide an update to the 2010 Amarillo Aquatic Feasibility Study. The purpose of the study was to refine the pool option to ensure it would meet the needs for both groups as well as provide an updated cost estimate for the school to use in the upcoming bond election.