• Pool Type Outdoor 25-Yard
  • Project Type Universities
  • Project Service Design Services
  • StatusCompleted 2017
  • ArchitectGrace & Herbert Architects


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Louisiana State University – Outdoor Leisure Pool – Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge, LA

Designed to promote “healthy buildings for healthy bodies,” the renovation and expansion of the LSU Recreation Center increases student program offerings for fitness, leisure, wellness, aquatic and outdoor adventure in a sustainable, flexible environment. Completed in 2017, the new Student Recreation Center includes a lap pool, a one-of-a-kind lazy river, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts and a high-low ropes challenge course.

In addition to the 34,000 sq. ft. outdoor recreation area, the new-expanded 231,355 sq. ft. recreation center includes cardio and weight room space, six group fitness studios, a 38-foot-high climbing wall and bouldering area, five multipurpose courts, three MAC gyms and a functional training area. A 1/4-mile indoor elevated track winds through the space like an LSU Tiger tail and incorporates an inclined sprint track.

Aquatic Amenities:


8,500 sq. ft. Leisure Pool

  • 536 ft. lazy river built in the shape of the school’s acronym, spelling out LSU
  • Two bubbler lounges
  • Three stair entries
  • Various spray features
  • Underwater bench

5,400 sq. ft. Lap Pool

  • Two end-to-end 25-yard, four lane pools
  • Four stair entries
  • 1-meter diving
  • Water basketball

The desire for this pool was born from focus group efforts made during the programming phase of the project. Students ultimately voted and decided they wanted a leisure pool and lazy river in addition to fitness lap swimming as a part of the aquatic programming at the new recreation center. The idea for the ’LSU’ lazy river was created on a napkin sketch by Laurie Braden, UREC Director, and translated into a hydraulically functional possibility by Counsilman-Hunsaker. This signature design compliments the overall branding of the newly expanded UREC facilities and is sure to be an attraction on campus for students and faculty alike.

Awards and Publications:

2018 – ‘Outstanding Sports Facilities’ Award – National Intramural Sports Association (NIRSA)

2018 – ‘Facilities of Merit” Award – Athletic Business magazine