B.M.C. Durfee High School Karen Jarabek Pool

Fall River, MA


In June 2018, Ai3 Architects and B.M.C. Durfee High School commissioned Counsilman-Hunsaker to perform an audit of the existing Karen Jarabek Pool. Counsilman-Hunsaker inspected the existing six lane, 25-yard pool and natatorium and provided a comprehensive report outlining the findings. It was determined the existing pool was in disrepair and needed to be replaced along with a renovation or replacement of the existing high school.

The new B.M.C. Durfee High School located in the City of Fall River; Massachusetts replaced the previous school that had been in use since 1978. As part of Fall River Public Schools, it is the city's primary public high school. Completed in the fall of 2020, the $263 million project consisted of the new high school, the renovation of the Luke Urban Field House, and the retention of the Nagle Auditorium. The original high school was demolished and replaced with a multi-purpose athletics field.


Pool Type

Indoor 25 Yard

Project Type

School K12

Project Service

Design Services

Most Recent Project

Completed 2020


Ai3 Architects

Project Amenities

The renovated Luke Urban Field House is now connected to the academic building and includes a state-of-the-art training facility, indoor athletic pool, and gymnasium basketball courts. The Karen Jarabek Pool was replaced with a new 3,400 sq. ft. competition pool with six 25-yard lap lanes and a 1-meter diving board. The surrounding natatorium space was also renovated and includes new lighting, paint and graphics, HVAC systems, and upgrades to the pool support spaces. One challenge was building a pool inside an existing space, limiting the size and scope to fit within the existing natatorium; consequently, the associated mechanical equipment for the pool is now located in a new auxiliary building.

The new pool allows the school program to expand its aquatics program and offerings. It also allows for more community use and continues to build on the current swim and dive programs

3,400 sq. ft. competition pool

six 25-yard lap lanes

1-meter diving board

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