Oklahoma State University – Colvin Center
Stillwater, OK


  • Pool Type Outdoor Leisure
  • Project Type Universities
  • Project Service Design Services
  • StatusCompleted 2004
  • ArchitectAllen Brown Architects/Moody Nolan


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The team of Counsilman-Hunsaker, Allen Brown Architects, and Moody Nolan designed the new resort-like outdoor aquatic facility to meet Oklahoma State University’s student body’s fitness and leisure programming needs. The state-of-the-art facility embodies the school’s goals and objectives as a popular gathering place for students.

The pool is made up of one large body of water artistically carved into separate rings with each seamlessly connecting to the next. Amenities include:

  • Three fitness lap lanes adjoined to a split-level wading pool with stair entry
  • Vortex as the innermost ring, spinning quietly with the sounds of waterfalls and trickling fountains located throughout the pool
  • Underwater bubble-bench seating as the next ring of the circle, holding up to 30 students
  • Current channel designed as the outermost ring
  • ADA-accessible zero-depth entry
  • Aquatic basketball space located in the upper pool section

Design Awards and Publications:
2006 – ‘Outstanding Sports Facilities’ Award
National Intramural Sports Association (NIRSA)

2005 & 2006 – ‘Architectural Showcase’
Athletic Business magazine