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  Oasis Community Aquatic Park & CenterOasis Community Aquatic Park & Center

Architect

AT Architecture
848 Main Street, #7, Billings, MT 59105
www.atarchitecture.com

General Description

Location: Billings, Montana
Date Bid: June 2011 Construction Period: Oct 2011 to May 2012
Total Square Feet: 6,730 Site: 4 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 6,730; total, 6,730 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 21’4”; total, 21’4”.
Basic Construction Type: New. Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU. Roof: Asphalt shingles. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, wood stud drywall.

Project Team

Structural & Civil Engineer: Dowl HKM - 222 North 32nd Street, Billings, MT 59101
Structural Engineer: Krivonen Associates - 725 Grand Avenue, Billings, MT 59101
General Contractor: TDavis Construction - 2544 Lake Heights Drive, Billings, MT 59105
Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: CTA - 13 N. 23rd Street, Billings, MT 59102
Aquatic Designer: Aquatic Excellence - 1428 Rowan Dr., Georgetown, TX 78628
Site Utility Engineer: Great West Engineering, Inc. - 115 North Broadway, #500, Billings, MT 59101


After the bond issue to build an aquatic facility for Billings, Montana was defeated for the third time, Vern Streeter, lead pastor of the Harvest Church saw the opportunity to put one of his church's visions, "Community Focused" to use and the Better Billings Foundation was formed. Leading the foundation, Streeter along with local area businesses and generous community members were able to make their vision a reality with the opening of the Oasis Community Aquatic Park and Center on June 4, 2012.

The new facility boasts of a zero entry pool, current channel, play pool, wave generator, interactive play structure, toddler pool, water slides, and a community center with 2,400 square feet of meeting space, concessions, restrooms, public and family dressing rooms, guard room and offices. While the outdoor water park is open only during the summer, the community center is available for use all year.

The land donated by the City is known as Sahara Park. It is south sloping 6.7 acre lot overlooking Alkalai Creek which offers a breathtaking view of the beautiful canyon type landscape. The upslope from the site provides a natural wind break from the prevailing north and north westerly winds. With the building and pools situated to maximize the varying terrain, the masterplan envisions additional amenities such as a lazy river, exercise and teaching pool along with additional parking to creatively use the sloped terrain for maximum impact. With the infrastructure in place the next element The Oasis hopes to have in place is an additional enclosed tube water slide.
 

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