Landscape Architect & Specifier News

MAR 2015

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Norte ("seaweed north" in Spanish) was able to accommodate a variety of components and features large and small. One of the key features of the park is a magnificent aquatic center, with an Olympic- size competition pool (heated salt water, four diving boards, a moveable bulkhead, sports lighting and grandstand bleachers), a 25-yard 12-lane instructional pool, a warm water outdoor therapy spa for adults and a splash pad for children of all ages. Adjoining the swimming pools there are community meeting rooms, a fitness room, a concession stand, lockers/changing rooms, restrooms and administration offices. Keeping the aquatic center's water clean and warm requires a lot of energy, and numerous sustainable design features minimize demand, such as a solar thermal heating system that preheats pool water before it enters the high-efficiency heaters. Also, high-efficiency pump motors operate at slower speeds, thus reducing energy demand. Along with the architect and city staff, the internationally acclaimed aquatic design firm created a world-class venue for the public's use and enjoyment. Architecturally, the beautiful buildings and facilities speak softly of the California countryside, capturing the essence of the surrounding community with their warm earth-tone colors and Mediterranean style. The architect included many design details that greatly enhanced the project without necessarily raising the cost of the project. Topographic Solutions The 32-acre park site features natural topography with 70 feet of elevation change from the highest to the lowest point, providing challenges for designing stormwater systems. The solutions include bioswales running along the length of the east and south perimeters of the park that cleanse the stormwater prior to discharge into the public stormwater system. March 2015 47 Above, Left & Right the tot lot offers sliding, climbing, tunneling, a curving balance beam, a sand pit with built-in diggers, and sound play elements. Photos: KtU+A

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