Miami University – Recreational Sports Center

Oxford, OH


Counsilman-Hunsaker in association with Moody Nolan Ltd. was selected to design a first-class aquatic center for Miami University. The private university wanted a facility that would provide athletic and recreational programming spaces to meet the needs and objectives of their students and community.


Outstanding Facility

The National Intramural Recreational Sports Association


National Organization of Minority Architects

Ohio Concrete Masonry Association


Pool Type

Indoor 50 Meter

Indoor Leisure

Diving Pool

Competitive Venue

Project Type

University Athletics

University Campus Rec

Project Service

Design Services


Completed 1994


Moody Nolan; HOK Sports Facilities Group

Project Amenities

Counsilman-Hunsaker’s design included four bodies of water: competition pool, diving well, leisure pool, and whirlpool spa. Highlighted amenities of the aquatic complex feature:

An innovative design feature of the diving well includes two systems that help protect divers from injury: a sparger system that provides a soft-landing cushion of aerated water for divers during training by introducing diffused air into the water below the diving boards, and a surface agitator that sprays water onto the surface from above.

Aquatic Center

50-meter competition pool with eight lanes


Moveable floor for shallow water use of deep-water competition pool

25-meter by 17-meter diving well, which can be sectioned off to provide additional lap lanes

Diving tower with 1, 3, 5, 7½, and 10-meter diving

Separate leisure pool includes warm-water play areas of shallow zero-depth entry for disabled swimmers and children, aerobic/instruction area, waterfall, and current channel

16-person whirlpool spa

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