NRH Centre
North Richland Hills, TX
  • Pool Type Indoor Leisure
  • Project Type Parks & Recreation
  • Project Service Design Services, Feasibility Study
  • StatusCompleted 2012
  • ArchitectBrinkley Sargent Architects


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In 2009, Counsilman-Hunsaker and Brinkley Sargent Architects conducted a feasibility study which included gathering public surveys, holding numerous public input meetings as well as exploring opportunities to join forces with an adjacent private development. This encompassing approach was critical to the success of the project. The information gathered enabled the city and design team to formulate a concept that was both efficient and exciting for all users.

As Tarrant County’s first LEED™ certified recreation center, the 86,000 sq. ft. facility includes a full service senior center, an upscale banquet hall with kitchen and roof top terrace, traditional recreation center with an indoor elevated track and indoor aquatic center. The indoor aquatic center provides an intriguing visual aesthetic through unique design and the use of custom finish materials. The pool amenities cater to a wide variety of program uses in a relatively compact footprint.  Features of the 5,200 sq. ft. aquatic center include:

  •  Three 25-yard fitness lap lanes
  • Natural rockscape climbing wall featured over an elevated plunge pool
  • Current channel with haystack bubbler feature
  • Natural rockscape encased toddler slide
  • Open swim/play area with grand stair entry
  • 150 ft. enclosed flume waterslide that winds outside the building
  • Underwater hydrotherapy bench seating
  • Themed interactive spray features
  • Elevated 325 sq. ft. spa with vanishing edge

Design Awards and Publications:

2013 – ‘Innovative Architecture & Design’ Award Recreation Management magazine

2013 – ‘Architectural Showcase’ Athletic Business magazine