In June 2017, the Artesia Aquatics Foundation selected the Huitt-Zollars design and planning team to provide architectural and engineering design for their new family aquatics center and high school competition pool. The project emerges from a collaboration between the City of Artesia, Artesia Public Schools, and the AAC Foundation.
Located on 10 acres of land, the facility will feature four different aquatic elements: a natatorium with two indoor pools, a 25-yard/8-lane competition pool, and a 60-foot long, 4-lane flexible/training warm-up cool-down pool. The outdoor facility will have a shallow, zero-entry pool with interactive features such as a 25’ tall oil rig that bursts water at the top and a large, 4,000-SF recreational pool shaped as their beloved school mascot—a bulldog. This large pool also features a lazy river, and three large slides. The project site development includes parking, school bus drop-off, landscape for family picnics, and ample decking surrounding the pools for safe recreation and interaction.
Prior to design, Huitt-Zollars and its consultants conducted a comprehensive planning and programming study to deliver programming and design that exceeds the expectations for the schools and the citizens while maintaining projected budget targets. The study not only allows the stakeholders to understand construction cost expectations but also operation and maintenance cost and strategies.
The Artesia Aquatic Center will be an attraction for local and regional events and a destination for travelers, providing opportunity for business enhancement and economic development in the area. The grand opening is scheduled for May of 2019.