The team of Prairie Architects and Counsilman-Hunsaker were retained by the University of Manitoba to conduct a feasibility study for the replacement of the old pool on campus with a modern multi-pool aquatic center that will meet the needs of students, athletes, and the community. The existing pool on campus is outdated and no longer meets the demands of a growing and diverse student population. Furthermore, the pool does not meet the standards required for competitive swimming and diving events, which makes it challenging for the university to host major athletic competitions. Additionally, the community has expressed a need for a modern aquatic center that can cater to a wide range of activities and events.
The primary objective of this feasibility study was to evaluate the potential for replacing Manitoba's old pool with a new state-of-the-art aquatic center that can meet the needs of the university and the community. The study examined various aspects such as site selection, cost analysis, design considerations, operation and maintenance requirements, and revenue potential.
The team began the study by conducting a needs assessment to identify the current and future demands for aquatic facilities at the university and in the community. The study also considered the latest industry standards and trends, as well as best practices for designing and operating a modern aquatic center.
Based on the needs assessment and industry research, a range of conceptual designs for the new aquatic center was developed. These designs varied based on factors such as size, number, and type of pools, spectator seating, locker rooms, storage, and other support facilities. The team evaluated the cost implications of each option. This included a detailed cost analysis of the construction, operation, and maintenance of the aquatic center. The study also examined potential revenue streams, including user fees, rental fees, and sponsorships, to offset the costs. The report will serve as a valuable resource for decision-makers and stakeholders as they consider the future of aquatic facilities at the University of Manitoba.