Rainier Beach Community Center
Seattle, WA
  • Pool Type Indoor 25-Yard, Indoor Leisure
  • Project Type Parks & Recreation
  • Project Service Design Services, Feasibility Study
  • StatusCompleted 2013
  • ArchitectARC Architects


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In 2009, the City of Seattle was looking to replace their outdated community center with a new facility featuring an aquatics component.  Counsilman-Hunsaker was retained to develop a business plan which enabled the city to make an educated decision on how best to proceed with the design and operation of a new aquatic center.

Working with ARC Architects, the new 48,500 sq. ft. center was built on the site of the former Rainier Beach Community Center. The main attraction of the facility is the natatorium which features two adjacent pools separated by a glass divider. Aquatic amenities include:

3,800 sq. ft. Lap Pool

  • Six 25-yard lap lanes
  • Stair entry
  • 1-meter diving

2,300 sq. ft.  Recreation Pool

  • Waterslide
  • Current channel
  • Three stair entries
  • Tot area with play features and water features
  • Vortex

100 sq. ft. Spa

  • Stair entry
  • Hydrotherapy bench

The new building uses a long list of eco-friendly elements such as natural ventilation; a rainwater harvesting system which supplies gray water for toilets and irrigation; a geothermal energy system; and solar panels to offset the building’s energy consumption.  These features enable the facility to receive the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification for energy efficient design.

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Publications and Awards

2016 – ‘Architectural Showcase’ Athletic Business magazine

2014 – ‘Dream Designs’ Aquatics International magazine

2014 – ‘Facility of the Year’ Award Washington Park and Recreation Association