Rather than using a conventional steel structure, we used a pre-engineered metal building structure, saving the city of Bentonville over $1.2 million. It has a standing seam metal roof, which enhances the building’s exterior. The project actually contains two structures that are joined by one large wall. The aquatics structure is designed for patrons to enjoy the water features without being cold when leaving the water. The design accommodates the high levels of humidity and chlorinated water for both the leisure and competition pools. The building’s exterior is brick, stone, and architectural textured metal panels.
Additional facility features include a basketball court with a running track, classrooms, a stage, an arts and crafts area, a zero depth entry leisure pool, a lazy river with a water splash structure and two story slide, and an eight lane competitive pool with two 1-meter diving boards and one 3-meter diving board. There is a large cardio/resistance area, as well as a free weight area and a spacious aerobic/dance studio. The center also hosts a library, as well as an open lounge area with a private adult lounge for meetings. A catering kitchen can accommodate functions such as weddings or meetings. Class/meeting rooms are for events; educational classes made available to the community will be held in these rooms as well. The gymnasium can be used for pick-up basketball games, volleyball matches, tournaments, or other activities.
Crossland is also the Construction Manager for Phase II of this project.
J. MARK HAGUEWOOD (HIGHT JACKSON ASSOCIATES)