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University of Missouri – Leisure Pools – Columbia

Columbia, MO

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The team of Counsilman-Hunsaker and Hastings & Chivetta Architects was commissioned to design an innovative aquatic facility for the University of Missouri - Columbia. The design objective was to create a resort-like “escape” for students - away from classes, studying, and exams.

Counsilman-Hunsaker heeded the school’s goals and objectives and designed an inviting complex, which includes indoor and outdoor leisure amenities. The ADA- accessible indoor leisure pool was designed around a tropical jungle theme.

  • Aquatic features include:
  • Open swim area
  • Soothing waterfall
  • ADA-accessible zero-depth entry
  • Bubbling fountain
  • Current channel
  • Hidden grotto
  • Haystack, small inlet allowing swimmers to surround themselves around hydrotherapy jets
  • Oversized vortex
  • State-of-the-art underwater sound system and drop-down screens for viewing movies or Mizzou sporting events
  • Oversized spa

The outdoor leisure pool includes a ramp entry, waterfall, built-in benches, and whirlpool spa.

This facility is the largest recreation center ever built in the history of Missouri higher education; it has been recognized in several industry publications and has won multiple design awards.

Outstanding Sports Facility Award

NIRSA

2006

Pool Type

Indoor Leisure

Outdoor Leisure

Project Type

University Campus Rec

Project Service

Design Services

Operations Services

Status

Completed 2005

Architect

Hastings & Chivetta Architects

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