The 1974 “Building 47” of the University of the District of Columbia serves as an athletics and sporting center, provides educational space for the student body, and offers recreation to neighboring communities. To create implementation guidelines for renovations and enhancements, a facility audit was conducted by Bowie Gridley Architects, and a pool audit was conducted by Counsilman-Hunsaker. The focus of the audit concentrated on the overall architectural design and layout with a special emphasis on the natatorium. The audit brought clarity to numerous issues while outlining findings and recommendations. Multiple options were offered whereby UDC officials could choose a direction best suited for the current use and long-term lifespan of Building 47.
Based on the results of the audit, Counsilman-Hunsaker continued their services by providing aquatic design and engineering for the pool and mechanical systems. Renovations consisted of the following:
- Changing the profile of the swimming pool
- Replacing the finishes in the pools
- Separating the combined recirculation system into two separate and distinct recirculation systems
- Addition of UV water treatment systems to both pools
- Elimination of the 3-meter diving stand
- Replacement of the pool overflow systems, the 1-meter diving stand, the starting blocks, the pool and deck equipment, timing system and scoreboard