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  Beachwood Family Aquatic Center, Page 50Beachwood Family Aquatic Center
1220 West Sixth Street, #300, Cleveland, OH 44113

Beachwood, Ohio
Total Square Feet: 7,500
Construction Period: Sep 2002 to June 2003 

Construction Team
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Panzica Construction - 735 Beta Drive, Cleveland, OH 44143
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Barber & Hoffman, Inc. - 1100 West 9th Street, Cleveland, OH 44113
ELECTRICAL & MECHANICAL ENGINEER: Bacik Karpinski Associates, Inc. - 3135 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115
CIVIL ENGINEER: Neff & Associates - 6405 York Road, Parma Heights, OH 44130
AQUATICS CONSULTANT: Counsilman/Hunsaker & Associates, Inc. - 10733 Sunset Office Drive, #400, St. Louis, MO 63127

In July of 2003, the City of Beachwood, Ohio dedicated its new state-of-the-art Family Aquatic Center. This dedication was the culmination of one year of intense design and construction operations with the single goal of creating the most exciting, entertaining, multi-purpose aquatic experience the city could provide its residents. The limited schedule resulted from the realization that the city's former 33-year-old pool was not in structural condition to re-open after the close of the 2002 swimming season, and that only by executing design, demolition and new construction in the course of one swim season, could a new aquatic complex be open for the public in 2003. Fortunately, an audit of Beachwood's recreation and park facilities had recently been completed by the Cleveland, Ohiobased consulting firm Schmidt Copeland Parker Stevens (SCPS) with the assistance of aquatics experts Councilman/ Hunsaker & Associates (CHA) of St. Louis, Missouri. The decisions made during that audit jump-started the design process.

The Beachwood Family Aquatic Center showcases the latest in multi-generational leisure pool design including eight, 25 meter lap lanes, a zero-depth entry, 1 meter and 3 meter diving boards, an inwater play feature, current channel, five different waterslides totaling 483 linear feet, a water vortex, hydrotherapy water benches, two spraygrounds and a separate infant-tot-pool.

Beyond the pool and play features, the expansive facility includes a bathhouse and guard building, a filtration and equipment building, a new dining pavilion and four relocated shade pavilions salvaged from the former pool. The site work includes new entry and arrival drives, copious concrete deck with several 20-foot diameter shade umbrellas and extensive landscape plantings. A large new playground structure was also added just outside the aquatics center to augment an already generous adjacent playground.

The bathhouse was designed as two separate masses; one housing the main restroom and shower facilities, changing rooms and concessions areas, and the other containing guard and administrative offices, storage and first aid. Public entry to the Family Aquatic Center occurs between these two masses. A dramatic masonry and cedar trellis funnels guests under a flat-roofed canopy, through a pair of custom-designed wavy aluminum gates and to the control desk at the center of the building's plan. Resinous flooring and marine grade coatings on the masonry walls provide for low maintenance interiors throughout the facility. Glass block and tubular skylights bring natural light into the public spaces and custom cedar louvers and slat wood ceilings provide copious ventilation throughout.

Despite a difficult Northeastern Ohio winter, complicating soil conditions, and an elaborate and involved design, a construction team headed by Panzica Construction, in collaboration with the Schmidt Copeland Parker Stevens design team, brought the project to completion in time for a Fourth of July grand-opening. The City of Beachwood's Mayor and Council proudly presented the residents of their city with the Beachwood Family Aquatic Center - a recreational treasure for all ages.

DIV 03:
Waterproofing: W.R. Meadows.
DIV 04: Masonry: A. Duchini, Inc.
DIV 07: Shingles: GAF Timberline; Membrane: Carlisle- Syntec; Skylights: Solatube.
DIV 08: Windows: EFCO Corporation.
DIV 09: Special Wall Coatings: Sherwin Williams; Special Floor Coatings: Rustoleum.

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