James E. Taylor High School
Additions and Renovations

IBI Group was tasked with a comprehensive renovation to the Katy ISD Taylor High School Natatorium. Funded by a bond election as part of a campus-wide facility upgrade the District committed a $7 million investment to make critical renovations to the natatorium to better serve the District, local and regional communities.

Aside from the overhaul of the pool, the scope of renovation work began by addressing facility deficiencies of all types and sizes from major to cosmetic, bringing it up to code (including ADA compliance), performing repairs where appropriate, upgrading aquatic components and water treatment systems, HVAC systems, lighting issues, and replacing all mechanical and electrical systems.

The pool itself was re-plastered and refinished as were the ceiling and roof deck areas above the pool. The main natatorium ventilation system including HVAC was replaced. All pool equipment was replaced including main drains and some of the below-pool plumbing which had failed. Starting blocks, electronic timers and related deck equipment were replaced to bring it in compliance with current district aquatic and athletic standards. Water depth of the pool ranges from 4’3” to 12” in the 30’ x 40’ diving well. The diving well has two (2) new one-meter diving boards and a new movable double bulkhead.

The original space also had significant acoustic and glare concerns and another focus for the new design was to address acoustics and lighting. The new lighting was designed to be maintenance friendly and lighting levels appropriate for today’s competitions. Lighting design placement was also critical to reduce glare for athletes in the pool. All original conduits, wiring, electric panels and equipment were removed and replaced. All wiring and electric devices along pathways in the pool area were upgraded and all lighting in the Natatorium and support spaces was replaced. Custom fabricated ceiling components were design to address the acoustics concerns and bring down reverb times as well as provide an overall enhanced aesthetic for the new pool space.

The project team also renovated the locker rooms with restrooms, showers and large dressing areas for both men and women and installed portable seating to accommodate up to 200 swimmers or spectators.

+ T-Shaped Competition Pool
+ 25 Yard course; 8-Lane Pool
+ Double Bulkheads
+ Movable Starting Block
+ Electronic Scoreboard
+ Hospitality Room
+ Men and Women Locker Room
+ (2) 1-Meter Diving Boards