Purdue University – Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center

West Lafayette, IN


Counsilman-Hunsaker in association with Scholer Corporation formed a joint venture to provide architectural and engineering services to design and construct a new natatorium for the Boilermakers aquatic programs. The $23 million project is a cooperative venture among Intercollegiate Athletics, the Department of Health, Kinesiology and Leisure Studies, and the Division of Recreational Sports.

The new aquatic center was built behind the recreational gymnasium on land that was currently occupied by an outdoor pool and diving well, three tennis courts, and two basketball courts. The new center replaced the 40-year-old indoor and outdoor pools at the recreational gymnasium and the 60-year-old pool at Lambert Fieldhouse.

The university aquatic center is home to the men's and women's swim teams and also will be open to users and guests of the recreational gym.

In January 2019, Counsilman-Hunsaker performed a mechanical systems assessment for the competition pool, dive pool, and spa. Existing conditions were evaluated for repair or replacement with long-term and short-term solutions.

2003 - 'Architectural Showcase'
Athletic Business magazine

Pool Type

Indoor 50 Meter

Diving Pool

Competitive Venue

Project Type

University Athletics

Project Service

Facility Audit

Design Services


Completed 2001


Scholer Corporation/ Purdue University

Project Amenities

State of the Art Aquatic Center

50-meter competition pool with eight lanes

Two movable bulkheads

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

Bleacher seating

12 person warm water whirlpool spa

Spectator seating to accommodate up to 800 patrons

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