• Pool Type Indoor 25-Yard, Indoor Leisure
  • Project Type Competition Venues, Universities
  • Project Service Design Services
  • StatusCompleted 2009
  • ArchitectMoseley Architects


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Virginia Commonwealth University – Student Recreation Center

Richmond, VA

Virginia Commonwealth University is the largest university in Virginia and a leader of research activity. The university is composed of two campuses: the Medical College of Virginia (MCV) located near downtown Richmond, and Monroe Park Campus located two miles west.

The university retained Moseley Architects and Hastings & Chivetta for the expansion/renovation of the recreation centers on both campuses. Counsilman-Hunsaker was retained for aquatic design and engineering services for MCV’s new aquatic center.

Aquatic Amenities:

  • 2,600 sq. ft. 25-yard lap pool
  • 2,800 sq. ft. indoor leisure pool
  • Zero-depth entry
  • Underwater bench seating
  • Oversized vortex
  • 260 sq. ft. whirlpool spa
  • Water basketball and volleyball areas
  • Aquatic climbing wall
  • Drop slide

Salt/chlorine generation systems are utilized for the sanitation of all three pools. This eliminates the need to have chlorine delivered to the facility. Regenerative media filtration systems are also utilized to reduce the facility’s water usage.

In May 2011, Counsilman-Hunsaker provided on-site aquatic operations training and consulting to assist the operators and managers in troubleshooting common pool problems and ensure the pools are being operating above industry standards.

The Recreation Center received the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification for energy efficient design.

Design Awards:

2012 – ‘Outstanding Sports Facilities’ Award National Intramural Sports Association (NIRSA)

2012 – ‘Architectural Showcase’ Athletic Business magazine

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

2011 – ‘Architectural Showcase’ Athletic Business magazine

2010 – ‘Gold Metal’ Award BuildingofAmerica

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

2011 – ‘Architectural Showcase’ – Athletic Business magazine

2010 – ‘Gold Metal’ Award – Building of America