Tom Muehlenbeck Center

Plano, TX


Fluid architecture of native limestone and heavy timbers, a soaring ceiling with a suspended glass sculpture evoking the region's topography, and flowing indoor and outdoor leisure pools define Tom Muehlenbeck Center.

Designed by Brinkley Sargent Architects, Mesa Design Group, Moody Nolan, and Counsilman-Hunsaker, the natatorium complements the center's flowing architecture with sweeping views inspired from an adjacent wetland creek, one of the shaping forces of the project. A 25-yard eight lane indoor lap pool with on-deck seating provides competitive aquatics. An outdoor free-form leisure pool maximizes a strong visual connection between the inside and outside bodies of water.

Other amenities of the center include a double gymnasium, fitness center (separate spaces for kids and adults), elevated running track, drop-in preschool, group exercise room, multi-purpose room, arts and crafts studio, and game room.

The City of Plano hosted the North Texas lifeguard competition at the Tom Muehlenbeck Center in 2010.

Additional Awards:

2008 - 'Dream Designs' - Aquatics International magazine

'Best Of' Award

Texas Construction Magazine


Innovative Architecture & Design

Recreation Management


Architectural Showcase

Athletic Business


Pool Type

Indoor 25 Yard

Indoor Leisure

Outdoor Leisure

Project Type

Parks and Recreation

Project Service

Design Services


Completed 2007


Brinkley Sargent Architects/Moody Nolan

Project Amenities

The Tom Muehlenbeck Center’s aquatic amenities include:

4,300 sq. ft. 25-yard indoor competition pool

Eight lap lanes

Dual one-meter springboards

Enclosed flume drop slide

On-deck seating with moveable bleachers

6,300 sq. ft. indoor leisure pool

Two leisure lap lanes

Open flume waterslide


Current channel

Water play structure

Ramp entry

8,000 sq. ft. outdoor leisure pool

Three zero-ground-runout waterslides

Spraypad and children's play area

Water spray fountains

Water volleyball

Water basketball

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