University of North Florida competition pool and aquatic center design

Project Summary

A new Olympic-size competition pool and aquatic center at the University of North Florida will allow the school’s NCAA Division I women’s swimming team to again practice and compete at a facility on campus after an eight-year wait. Hanson provided civil engineering services and served as engineer of record for the new facility, which is scheduled to be ready for the 2021-22 school year.

The athletic complex will include an outdoor, 50-meter, Olympic-size, concrete pool with nine swim lanes, along with an LED scoreboard and competition timing system. The facility will include three buildings with a workspace for lifeguards, offices, a changing area, public restrooms, a room for pool equipment and storage, and locker rooms. The $8.26 million facility will be behind the Student Wellness Complex and adjacent to the softball stadium and field house. In addition to the swim team, all students will have access to the pool. Project funding was provided through UNF’s Capital Improvement Fund.

Hanson prepared site, drainage and utility engineering plans and permitting associated with site modifications. Other consultants provided design services for architecture; structural; aquatic; and mechanical, electrical and plumbing features. Civil engineering efforts included design for demolition and re-establishment of Americans With Disabilities Act-compliant sidewalk connectivity to the new buildings, demolition of three tennis courts, site geometry, site grading, groundwater control and design of stormwater collection systems and potable water/sanitary sewer utility connections. Infrastructure includes a drainage collection system; pool underdrain system; extensions for natural gas, water and fire mains; and erosion control features.

Construction began in August 2020, and the facility is scheduled to be completed in June 2021. When the facility opens, it will be the first time in eight years that the UNF’s Ospreys can practice and compete on campus. The previous pool was closed and dismantled in 2013 due to high costs for required repairs. The Field House, an indoor facility for recreational basketball and volleyball, has since been constructed on that site. The swimming team has been traveling offsite to train and compete since that time. The new swimming facility, along with a new beach volleyball court completed in February 2020, will bring UNF into compliance with Title IX requirements for men’s and women’s programs to receive equal levels of service.