As the third largest city in California and the tenth largest city in America, San Jose's goal is to provide high quality public facilities to meet the growing needs of the community.
After completing the Citywide Aquatics Master Plan, prepared by Counsilman Hunsaker, the city made a decision to implement Phase One of the Master Plan, beginning with the rehabilitation of two existing low income neighborhood pools.
Alviso Swim Center and Biebrach Swim Centers proceeded concurrently with swimming pool and bathhouse upgrades.
The city retained the services of Counsilman Hunsaker and Prodis Architects to complete the renovation of the Biebrach Swim Center. Located within Biebrach Park, adjacent to a community center and an elementary school, Biebrach pool required major renovation and significant site/building improvements to meet code.
Utilizing the existing structural pool shell, Counsilman-Hunsaker redesigned the below grade plumbing lines, converted the pool from wall return to floor return inlets, replaced all pool mechanical equipment (filters, heaters, pumps), and brought the facility up to current code compliance.
Once opened in the summer of 2008, the new aquatic center proved an instant success, with children and adults alike. The facility now provides recreation swimming, lesson programming, and a multitude of other community programs.