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Award Winner - May 2010

Texas Tech Student Leisure Pool


S U B M I T T E D    B Y

Brinkley Sargent Architects in Dallas

Project Cost: $7.26 million

Quick Tour:

  • 4,573-square-foot, 8-lane, 25-yard outdoor competitive pool with two one-meter diving boards and drop slide
  • 14,030-square-foot outdoor leisure pool with 635-foot lazy river, 10-foot drop slide, 4-lane lap area, diving area, cascading water wet deck, social pool with bubble bench, water lounger, and alternating fountain/spray pad
  • 260-square-foot, 25-person spa


place for students to hang out and have fun was the goal of the new leisure pool at the Robert H. Ewalt Student Recreation Center (REC) at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. The pool, which was completed in May 2009, offers a refreshing alternative to the Olympic-sized indoor pool designed for fitness swimmers.

One particular feature that fueled the design of the new leisure pool was the lazy river. When students were polled early on about which features they wanted, a Texas-sized lazy river was at the top of the list. The river essentially ties everything together as it twists and turns throughout the site. Moreover, the pool complex, built on 2 acres for $7.26 million, also made use of an undeveloped and landlocked piece of property that was serving no particular purpose.

Besides the esteemed lazy river, other site amenities include water volleyball and basketball, designated areas for laying out in the sun, and a separate pool that features a drop slide and diving board. The facility also has a poolside café, called Sam's Place, which offers fresh sandwiches, smoothies and refreshments. Students also can enjoy the large hot tub that seats more than 20 people, as well as the bubble couch, which consists of an isolated aquatic bench that massages users with a cluster of bubbles.

The student leisure pool, which was fully funded by students through an increase in student recreation fees, also is wi-fi enabled, making it possible for students to study and do homework while relaxing at the pool. Access to the leisure pool is free for currently enrolled students. For those who are not currently enrolled, a $75 membership fee to the REC center is required to access the pool. In addition, the pool offers family hours for children to enjoy as well, and is available to rent for small groups and birthday parties that include aquatic staff party hosts and lifeguards.


A S S O C I A T E D    F I R M S

Architect of Record: Brinkley Sargent Architects

Aquatics: Counsilman-Hunsaker & Associates

Landscape Architect: Clark Condon Associates

Civil Engineering: Teague, Nall & Perkins

Structural Engineering: Structural Engenuity

Construction Manager: Western Builders

Pool Contractor: Sunbelt Pools

MEP/Civil Engineering: Parkhill, Smith & Cooper

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