As the host aquatic venue for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, the competitive 50-meter pool at Georgia Tech was designed for a once-in-a-lifetime event. It was the legacy of the games that the school wanted to preserve in converting the facility into a campus recreation center. As an added challenge, the existing roof structure of the project needed to be maintained as an ongoing, long-term solar energy research project.
When it came to selecting an architect for this challenging project, Georgia Tech chose Hastings+Chivetta. The firm developed a bold, innovative solution, involving the world’s longest prestressed concrete floor span, which stretches over the 50-meter pool and under the existing roof. The project includes a 50-meter competition pool, a six-court gymnasium space, a fitness center, racquetball courts, a climbing wall, a leisure pool, offices, locker rooms, and a 500-vehicle, three-level parking deck.