• Pool Type Indoor Leisure, Outdoor Leisure
  • Project Type Universities
  • Project Service Design Services
  • StatusCompleted 2005
  • ArchitectHastings & Chivetta Architects


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University of Missouri – Leisure Pools – Columbia

Columbia, MO

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.