Ft. Lauderdale Aquatic Center

Ft. Lauderdale, FL


The Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex, originally constructed in 1965, is a municipal pool owned and operated by the City of Fort Lauderdale. The complex is considered a leader and pioneer among the world's top aquatic centers, having hosted hundreds of national and international events at which ten world records were set. However, after over 50 years of serving the community, the city made the decision torenovate the facility to ensure Fort Lauderdale remains a destination for world-class aquatic events.

In August 2018, Counsilman-Hunsaker, Hensel Phelps Construction Company, and Cartaya & Associates Architects were chosen as the design-build team to begin preparing construction documents for a redesigned aquatic sports venue. The facility broke ground in April 2019 and is expected to be open sometime in 2022.

Pool Type

Outdoor 50 Meter

Outdoor 25 Yard

Diving Pool

Training Facility

Project Type

Parks and Recreation

Training Facility

Project Service

Design Services



Under Construction / Design


Cartaya Associates

Project Amenities

Newly renovated facility will include three new pools and a spa, in addition to the current training pool. The new pools include a 50-meter competition pool with two six-foot wide bulkheads, a 25-meter dive pool with a 27-meter dive tower (the first of its kind in the western hemisphere) and a shallow water teaching pool. The spa is designed to support divers using the diving tower. The current 50-meter pool, used for training purposes, will be fully renovated. The competition and dive pool will be designed to be FINA-compliant, so the facility can host large international competitions. Additionally, the pools will receive new mechanical systems, bringing the facility’s technology into the 21st century. Other work includes a new mechanical building, additional restrooms, and a new grandstand that can accommodate over 1,500 spectators. The redevelopment of the aquatics complex includes:

14,500 sq. ft. Competition Pool

FINA-compliant pool for swimming, water polo and synchronized swimming competitions

Ten 50-meter lap lanes

25-meter wide

Two 6-foot wide bulkheads

New mechanical systems

6,700 sq. ft. Dive Pool

FINA-compliant pool for diving competitions

Nine 25-meter lap lanes

Stair entry

10-meter diving platform

Three 3-meter springboards

Two 1-meter springboards

New mechanical systems

12,400 sq. ft. Existing Training Pool

Ten 50-meter lap lanes

Eighteen 25-yard cross course lap lanes

New gutter system

New pool finishes

New mechanical systems

1,000 sq. ft. Teaching Pool

New mechanical systems

Stair entry

150 sq. ft. Dive Spa

Stair entry

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