Santa Fe Genoveva Chavez Community Center

Santa Fe, NM


The Genoveva Chavez Community Center project commenced with city and county governments, residents, neighborhood organizations, youth and sports clubs, various interest groups, and adjacent landowners generating a community-endorsed land purchase and annexation agreement, master plan, and facility program through a series of workshops and focus groups.

Through these workshops emerged a desire to bring the community together through shared activities. Counsilman-Hunsaker’s goal was to design an aquatic facility that would reflect this desire and also express its unifying purpose by physically integrating the building into the cityscape.

To express the Community Center's purpose as a community gathering place, three main activity areas – the Natatorium, Ice Arena, and Gymnasium – are grouped around a multi-level atrium space which visually connects all four acres of the Center’s footprint. This transparency fosters a sense of community within the building by allowing guests to sense and experience other activities while they are swimming, ice skating, running, strength-training, dining, or just passing from one area to another.

Pool Type

Indoor 50 Meter

Competitive Venue

Wellness Facility

Project Type

Wellness Facility

Project Service

Design Services


Completed 2000


Mazria Associates, Inc.

Project Amenities

The natatorium, designed by Counsilman-Hunsaker, includes seating for 250 spectators, a 50-meter indoor pool with a movable bulkhead and diving boards, a separate 8,000 sq. ft. leisure pool with zero-beach entry, vortex, play features, current channel and waterslide, 12-person spa, and a hydrotherapy pool with ramp entry.

50-meter indoor pool

movable bulkhead

diving boards

8,000 sq. ft. leisure pool

zero-beach entry


play features

current channel


12-person spa

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