Fort Lewis College – Aquatics Center

Durango, CO


The Fort Lewis College Aquatics Center was originally built as a gymnasium in 1956 and was remodeled to its current configuration as an Aquatics Center in 1974. The building is 26,000 sq. ft. with the single largest area of the building being the natatorium. Within the natatorium is a 5,400 sq. ft. pool and an elevated spectator area. The pool is ā€œLā€ shaped and is comprised of two distinct but connected areas; the competitive swimming pool with six 25-yard lanes and a large diving well.

Pool Type

Indoor 25 Yard

Project Type

University Campus Rec

Project Service

Facility Audit

Design Services



Completed 2014


RMBA Architects

Project Amenities

In 2012, the team of Counsilman-Hunsaker, RMBA Architects, and Beaudin-Ganze Consulting Engineers completed a facility audit which included an evaluation of the existing 25-yard pool, all mechanical systems, and provided cost estimates for renovation and/or replacement. After the decision was made to renovate, estimates were given to repair the 40-year old pool for long-term use.

After the audit phase, Counsilman-Hunsaker was retained to conduct the following repairs/renovations; bringing the facility up to current code compliance.

  1. Gutter repair and partial grating replacement
  2. New main drain wall sumps
  3. Repaired existing pool tile finish
  4. Replacement of all the piping in mechanical room
  5. Modified piping in surge tank, apply waterproofing material, and provide ladder rungs for access
  6. New recirculation pumps with variable frequency drives
  7. New stacked filters with a new backwash catch basin
  8. Two new enclosed pool chemical rooms with proper fire rating and ventilation systems
  9. New chemical delivery systems
  10. New battery operated pool lifts for ADA access

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