• Pool Type Indoor 50-Meter, Indoor Leisure
  • Project Type Competition Venues, Universities
  • Project Service Design Services
  • StatusCompleted 2010
  • ArchitectRDG Planning & Design


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The University of Iowa, the UI Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, and the UI Recreational Services joined together to develop a 215,000 sq. ft. Campus Recreation and Wellness Center, among other essential uses, serves as the prestigious Hawkeye swimming and diving home. The state-of-the-art facility, located in the heart of the campus, includes the following amenities:

  • 13,000 sq. ft. Competition Pool
  • Large enough to host 25-yard, 25-meter, and 50-meter competition
  • 1,200 spectator seats
  • Two bulkheads
  • Large video“display board”
  • 4,400 sq. ft Dive Pool
  • 25-yards long and 17 ft. deep
  • 1 and 3-meter springboards
  • 1, 3, 5, 7.5, and 10-meter platforms
  • Sparger system for soft water landings
  • 110 sq. ft. Dive Spa
  • 11 person capacity
  • 4,100 sq. ft. Recreation Pool
  • Zero-depth entry, underwater benches, vortex, current channel, play features and rock climbing wall
  • Water volleyball and water basketball
  • 310 sq. ft. Recreation Spa
  • 25 person capacity


Design Awards and Publications:

2012 – ‘AIA Iowa Design’ Award

2011 – ‘Dream Designs’ Aquatics International magazine

2011 – ‘Innovative Architecture & Design’ Award Recreation Management magazine

2011 – ‘Facilities of Merit’ Award Athletic Business magazine

Photo credit Brian Rayhawkeyesports.com