Aquatics:

Synchronized Swimming: Project Management for Community Aquatic Facilities

I’ve worked on a number of community recreation and aquatic facilities over the years, including the Burgess Aquatics Center in Menlo Park, for which I was project designer and project manager, and an aquatic center for the city of Elk Grove, for which my role is project manager. The two roles inform each other, I’ve found. With every project, I’m… more

Building Innovative Buildings, Building Innovative Delivery Systems

In 2015, I was assigned to handle construction administration for the Legends Aquatic Center at my alma mater, U.C. Berkeley. The project initially began in 2012 and involved an innovative funding model and an innovative project delivery method. The innovations were successful because they allowed for strong working relationships among the client, the university, the design team, and the contractor.… more

Making a Splash: Adaptive Use of Older Structures Suited to Small Natatoriums

Originally published in Recreation Management You might not be familiar with the connection between Amazon.com and swimming pools, but one exists. Not too many years ago, retail stores became retail superstores—places where a shopper could not only find everything, but a lot of everything. Big-box retailers bulked up their onsite storage so that a run on a certain product could… more

Swimming with the Current: Locker Room Design

Originally published in American School and University The design of a locker room should reflect the culture of the team, athletic program, or school. By Diana Hayton [caption id="attachment_3316" align="alignright" width="250"] Translucent glass in the men’s and women’s team locker rooms provides daylighting within and symmetry when viewed from the pool deck. (Photo by John McGillen)[/caption] In the design of… more

Diving Right In: Designing the Modern Aquatic Competition Venue

Originally published in Athletic Business and Private University Products and News Magazine Competition venues for aquatics should have the same impact as new facilities for revenue sports programs like football and basketball. By Clarence Mamuyac The University of Southern California Trojans have won 11 national championships in football. Pretty impressive. But you might not know that the school's swimming and… more

Spectator Sports: Thoughts on New Spectator Facilities

I attended the national water polo championships at UC Berkeley’s Spieker Aquatics Center in 2011 and at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Center in 2013. I like to see how colleges and universities are actually using their facilities and managing big events, because it helps feed our design thinking. And watching big water polo events like these are particularly revealing, because very… more

Swim Centers Make a Splash with Sustainable Strategies

Originally published in Eco-Structure Usually substantial energy users, swim centers are using new technologies and creative design tactics to cut their energy use while making the facilities healthier for users. By Clarence Mamuyac, FAIA Swim centers are not, by nature, particularly green buildings. Heating pool water involves a substantial energy drain. Indoor facilities require substantial mechanical equipment to dehumidify and… more

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