The scope of work for this multi-purpose facility included renovation of a 1970’s fitness center and construction of a new 37,532 SF Natatorium. Upon completion, this 61,000 SF facility not only serves as the Texas City High School swimming and diving venue, but also benefits the citizen’s use for recreation, fitness and instruction. This facility is utilized by the City of Texas City and the Texas City ISD’s swimming and diving teams and built to accommodate Texas Amateur Athletic Foundation, United States Swimming and high school swimming competitions. By sharing the cost of the facility, the City and the School District were able to provide a facility beyond what either entity could have on its own.
The natatorium features an 8-lane, 25-Meter or 25-Yard competition pool, diving well, photovoltaic filtration system, movable bulkhead and warmup/cool down lanes. The diving well has one 1-Meter springboard and one-3-Meter springboard. Water depth ranges from 3’6” to 14’.
The facility also features a raised spectator viewing area with elevated bleachers, electronic timing and scoreboard system, and locker rooms with restrooms, showers and large dressing areas for both men and women. Visitors enter the building through a reception area that features the concession area.
The rooftop of the Lowry Fitness Center and Texas City Natatorium features photovoltaic solar panels that augment the energy needs of the facility. Tilt-wall construction was selected for this project due to the availability of local materials and for the reductions it allowed in the structural systems, construction time and windstorm requirements.
+ 25 Yard course; 8-Lane Pool
+ Electronic Scoreboard
+ Men and Women Locker Rooms
+ (1) Movable Starting Block
+ (1) 1-Meter Diving Board
+ (1) 3-Meter Diving Board