International Swimming Hall of Fame Gives Aquatic Complex Thanksgiving Construction Update

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Photo Courtesy: Laura Voet

The construction on the Hall of Fame Aquatic Center in Fort Lauderdale has been progressing smoothly.

It was a busy Thanksgiving week at the aquatic center, with each piece falling in line!

Besides pouring the concrete foundation for the new entry building, Neptune Benson Defender regenerative pool filters were placed inside the filtration room building. Utility site work is progressing, dive well and tower structural elements will continue next week after the holiday.

Aquatics director Laura Voet provided pictures for the International Swimming Hall of Fame:

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The renovations for the complex will include:

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Artist rendition. Photo Courtesy: Hensel-Phelps

  • Remove existing 50m competition pool and provide a new expanded fully FINA compliant standard pool with stainless bulkheads.
  • Remove existing diving pool and provide new fully FINA compliant diving pool and tower including five platform levels (1m, 3m, 5m, 7m, 10m), and 1m and 3m springboards
  • Remove existing spa for divers and provide new spa
  • Repair existing 50m training pool with new surfacing and gutters
  • Relocate and expand the instructional pool to the southwest corner of the peninsula
  • Provide new filtration system, pumps, and chlorination system for all pools.
  • Resurface and raise pool deck to allow for increased pool depths for competition-level use
  • Remove existing grandstand building and bleachers on north side of facility and provide new grandstand with spectator restrooms, concessions, ticket office, and metal bleachers for +/ 1500 spectator capacity.
  • Provide site improvements that include parking and drainage improvements, new stadium lighting, landscaping, sidewalks, and new main entry plaza.

The Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex has been in place since December 1965 when the International Swimming Hall of Fame inducted its first class. Since then, it has played host to numerous international and national level events in aquatic sports and has had ten world records fall from swimming legends Mary T. MeagherMichael Phelps and Natalie Coughlin.

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