The city of Mobile, Alabama, is re-asserting itself as an arts and cultural center and the University of South Alabama is in concert with the plan. In order to rejuvenate, attract, and draw potential students, the university built a new 130,000 sq. ft. Student Recreation Center that includes aerobic rooms, weight rooms, spinning rooms, basketball and racquetball courts, an indoor track, indoor and outdoor pools, saunas, and a rock-climbing wall. A reflecting fountain pool with an infinity edge and sculpture pedestal situated at the entry of the recreation center welcomes students to the center.
Designed by Counsilman-Hunsaker, Sasaki, and WHL Architecture, the university is among many higher education institutions to capitalize on an aquatics design trend that provides maximum aquatic enjoyment and use to its entire student population.
Acting as a visual focus for the building, the new aquatic venue creates a functional, attractive facility with numerous amenities including:
- 3,200 sq. ft. Indoor Lap Pool
- 25-yard pool with six lap lanes
- 4,500 sq. ft. Outdoor Recreation Pool
- Three fitness lap lanes
- 250 sq. ft. warm water spa
- Wet seating with spray jets
- Water basketball and water volleyball
- Diving well
- Synchronized spray jet feature
Counsilman-Hunsaker is also providing aquatic design services for an 850 sq. ft. reflecting fountain pool located on the upper terrace of the recreation center.
The fountain incorporates a perimeter infinity edge 12 in. high above the upper plaza with a sculpture pedestal at one end.
Design Awards and Publications:
- 2011 - 'Outstanding Sports Facilities' Award - National Intramural Sports Association (NIRSA)
- 2011 - 'Architectural Showcase' -Athletic Business magazine