Arne Hanna Aquatic Center
- Location: Bellingham, WA
- Client: City of Bellingham Parks Department
Zervas was first approached to serve on a design committee to assist in fundraising efforts for the new municipal pool. A group of private citizens agreed to raise 50% of the anticipated $4.8 million project, with the City of Bellingham contributing the other 50%. Zervas’ preliminary designs, including a computer-generated video, were used in fundraising and media coverage efforts.
The project consists of an eight lane, 25 yard competitive pool, a 1 meter diving pool, an instructional pool with the state’s first indoor waterslide, and a hydro-therapy pool. The hydro-therapy pool is designed for full immersion of gurney-bound hospital patients, as requested by one of the facility’s main donors, St. Joseph Medical Center. The instructional pool features a zero-depth shallow end. In an effort to save space, the waterslide exits the building for one 360 degree turn and a second 180 degree turn before re-entering the building. Two family change rooms are provided, with separate toilets and showers.