Rainier Beach Community Center

Seattle, WA


In 2009, the City of Seattle was looking to replace their outdated community center with a new facility featuring an aquatics component.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.



Publications and Awards

2016‘Architectural Showcase’ Athletic Business magazine

2014 - ‘Dream Designs’ Aquatics International magazine

‘Facility of the Year’ Award

Washington Park and Recreation Association


Pool Type

Indoor 25 Yard

Indoor Leisure

Project Type

Parks and Recreation

Project Service

Design Services


Feasibility Study


Completed 2013


ARC Architects

Project Amenities

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.

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.

3,800 sq. ft. Lap Pool

Six 25-yard lap lanes

Stair entry

1-meter diving

2,300 sq. ft. Recreation Pool


Current channel

Three stair entries

Tot area with play features and water features


100 sq. ft. Spa

Stair entry

Hydrotherapy bench

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