The Aquatic Center, G. W. Henderson Recreational Complex|
PRYOR & MORROW ARCHITECTS, P. A.
5227 S. Frontage Road
Columbus, MS 39701
Total Square Feet:
Apr 2003 to Oct 2004
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Springer Engineering - 206 Old West Point Road, Starkville, MS 39759
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Worsham Brothers, Inc. - P. O. Box 146, Corinth, MS 38835
MECHANICAL & ELECTRICAL ENGINEER: Atherton Consulting Engineers, Inc. - P. O. Box 16511, Jackson, MS 39236-6511
AQUATIC CONSULTANT: Aquatic Concepts - 2725 Cullom Boulevard, Hampton Cove, AL 35763
Aquatic Center is Phase IV of a much larger, multi-phased,
master-planned recreational complex for this small Mississippi Delta
County. The Aquatic Center was designed to provide a variety of
recreational opportunities and services for citizens of all age groups,
and also to provide facilities to host various aquatic events.
From the start, the County had distinct goals including: 1). Improving
the quality of life for County citizens; 2). Providing a stimulus for
additional quality-of-life improvements; 3). Choosing building systems
and components with economics and maintenance in mind; and 4). Utilizing
a metal building system to take advantage of the system's ease of
construction and competition between manufacturers.
The program called for a 50-meter pool that can be divided into two
25-meter pools and a diving well with 5.0, 7.5, and 10.0-meter diving
platforms and springboards. For the young and young at heart, there is a
2,000-square-foot feature pool which ranges from a zero-inch entry to a
thirty-inch depth with 14 water features of various types, sizes, and
To create a space which reflects an energy and playfulness to help
promote a healthier lifestyle, the architect drew ideas from the vast
richness of colors, shapes, textures, and materials that surround the
Rectilinear fields and the simple geometrics of barns, silos, and other
agrarian equipment inspired the simple geometry of the exterior. On the
opposite hand, the natural surroundings, including the river, allowed
for the introduction of soft curved forms on the interior of the
The Aquatic Center provided a wide variety of planning and design
challenges. One of the client's major concerns was to provide visual
observation of the facility by staff members from a centralized
location, which also functions as a reception area for the Center.
Around this reception area are the staff offices, public restrooms,
concessions, and a pro shop.
Economics of the structural system and the simplicity of systems allow
for the creation of an impressive interior space. This will facilitate
the future addition of therapy space, whirlpool tubs, and mezzanine
level spectator seating.
The success of this project is due to the vision of the architect,
supervisors, and citizens of Tunica County to design and build a
facility of which everyone can be proud.
DIV 07: Metal Roof: Star Building
08: Entrances & Storefronts: EFCO
DIV 09: Tile: Crossville Porcelain Stone.
DIV 13: Pre-Engineered Building: Star Building