The City’s public pool was approaching 50 years old and showing its age. While City maintenance staff had done a commendable job keeping the aging facility functional, the pool facility and supporting equipment were at the end of their life. Serious issues were escalating, including a major leak in the pool vessel, failed lighting system and barely functioning mechanicals. Additionally, the facility was not ADA compliant making it difﬁcult for some residents to use the amenity.
Concepts drafted by others earlier in the process proved to be beyond what the City and its residents were willing to pay for a new aquatic center. ADCI and the City worked hard to bring the project into budget. ADCI staff additionally assisted in estimating operating costs the new facility would incur to allow Richland Center residents and City ofﬁcials to make fully informed decisions.
The new concept plan included many of the features originally envisioned while maintaining the budget. In addition to locker and rest rooms, the new bath house provides concessions space, ofﬁce space, staff work room, ﬁrst aid station, break room and storage/mechanical rooms. Aquatics features include lap and diving pool, zero entry pool with activity area, lazy river, splash pad, water slide, water spray and sun decks and grilling area.
Award Winner: 2020 Outstanding Facility Design/Renovation Award presented by Wisconsin Park & Recreation Association