The Texas Tech University Department of Recreational Sports commissioned Counsilman-Hunsaker to provide a swimming pool audit of their indoor aquatic center and outdoor leisure pool complex located in the Robert H Ewalt Student Recreation Center, with an emphasis on the Aquatic Center. The assessment was conducted by the Counsilman-Hunsaker staff, which included an evaluation of the existing bodies of water and their respective mechanical systems, gathering documentation and evidence of the conditions of the facilities, and preparing an opinion of probable cost and likelihood of necessary replacements for the future for the pools.
The Aquatic Center was constructed in 1976 as a 50-meter single body of water and is the oldest existing section of the Robert H Ewalt Student Recreation Center. User groups include recreational lap and leisure swim, a local swim club (not affiliated with the University) for training, a local water polo club for training, and student groups for various educational and safety classes. The outdoor leisure pool was designed in 2009 by Counsilman-Hunsaker in partnership with Brinkley Sargent Architects and features multiple bodies of water: a competition lap pool, recreational lap pool, lazy river, splash pad, and deep-water pool with a plunge slide and springboard diving.
Significant issues at the Aquatic Center include water loss, inadequate turnover rate, failing mechanical systems, ruptured below-grade piping, inaccurate or missing depth markers, an outdated and failing inflatable natatorium envelope, and pool access/egress not meeting current Texas building or accessibility requirements. Texas Tech will use the findings from Counsilman-Hunsaker’s audit report to determine capital allowance and begin a feasibility study process to move forward with renovations to their aquatic facilities with the goal of increasing flexibility in programming and use.