• Pool Type Outdoor 50-Meter, Outdoor Leisure
  • Project Type Universities
  • Project Service Design Services
  • StatusCompleted 2009
  • ArchitectSmithGroup/F&S


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Rice University – David & Barbara Gibbs Recreation Center

Houston, TX

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Counsilman-Hunsaker and SmithGroup/F&S designed Rice University’s new recreation facilities as a key part of the university’s vision for the 21st century, which is to cultivate vibrancy on campus and foster a sense of community.

The two-story 103,000 sq. ft. David & Barbara Gibbs Recreation Center includes two indoor basketball courts; two outdoor basketball courts; four racquetball courts; two squash courts; cardio and weight areas; a dance studio; a 50-meter outdoor competition pool; and a 2,500 sq. ft. outdoor recreation pool.

The 50-meter pool provides 1- and 3-meter springboards and a moveable bulkhead for simultaneous aquatic activities.
The outdoor leisure pool is equipped with multiple step entry points, a wet deck, bench seating as well as accommodations for water volleyball and water basketball.

Features of the new aquatic venue include:

  • 12,650 sq. ft. 50-meter Competition Pool
  • Two 1-meter diving boards
  • Two 3-meter diving boards
  • 4 ft. wide moveable bulkhead
  • 2,500 sq. ft. Leisure Pool
  • Hydrotherapy bench seating
  • Water basketball
  • Water spray features

Design Awards and Publications:

2011 – ‘Outstanding Sports Facilities’ Award National Intramural Sports Association (NIRSA)

2011 – ‘Facilities of Merit’ Award Athletic Business magazine