University of Chicago – Myers-McLoraine Natatorium

Chicago, IL


From its inception in 1892, the University of Chicago has grown to operate two major national laboratories, an internationally renowned hospital, a pre-K-12 private school, a charter school with three distinct campuses, a professional theatre, museums, and the nation's largest academic press. The university also has a strong global presence with facilities in London, Paris, and Singapore.




Design Award

Midwest Construction


Midwest Construction magazine


Pool Type

Indoor 50 Meter

Competitive Venue

Project Type

University Athletics

Project Service

Design Services

Operations Services


Completed 2003


OWP & P Architects

Project Amenities

To accommodate additional growth in swimming and diving programs, Counsilman-Hunsaker was commissioned by the University of Chicago to design a state-of-the-art Olympic-sized swimming pool at their main campus in Chicago. The award-winning Myers-McLoraine Natatorium includes:


Operational Audit / Best Practices
In 2009, the University of Chicago retained Counsilman-Hunsaker to evaluate the pool and its respective support systems while showing Best Practices in current industry standards and green sustainability. The report provided new technologies and equipment that would enhance the operations of the facility; moreover, Counsilman-Hunsaker met with users, staff, and lifeguards to create a maintenance schedule for future repairs as well as operational concerns to assist the staff in maintaining the facility over the next several years.

50 meter competition pool

12,640 sq. ft. 50-meter competition pool

Moveable bulkhead, allowing for 50-meter, 25-meter, and 25-yard courses

Starting blocks that can be mounted on the pool's ends or sides for long- or short-course events

Diving well with one-meter springboards and two three-meter springboards

Upper-deck bleacher seating

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