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Snohomish Aquatic Center

Snohomish Aquatic Center

Client: Snohomish School District
Location: Snohomish, Washington
210,000 sf
Type I Construction

The Snohomish Aquatic Center houses a 50 meter Olympic pool, diving pool, two recreation pools, and therapy pool. Located adjacent to the city of Snohomish, the site has views across the mountains of Washington State.

Grouping the many components of the aquatic center under an iconic yet simple shell proved to be a challenge.

The concept behind the aquatic center's shell originates from the simple-elegant concepts of origami. The many structural folds dramatically increases the shell's rigidity.

The infill skin is made up of Ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) which has corrosion resistance and strength over a wide temperature range. ETFE is ideal for an aquatic center with warm temperatures on the interior and cold temperatures on the exterior.

A competition pool and diving pool require an even amount of lighting with shadow lines kept to a minimum. ETFE is strong, lightweight, and translucent material which allows for an even light distribution to the interior with minimal heat gain.

Located next to the picturesque Spada Lake, this expanded facility would have the ability to host statewide competitions. Core program elements include a 50M competition-training pool, therapy pool and administration facilities.