Belmont Beach & Aquatics Center

The Belmont Plaza Pool is a symbol of Long Beach, with a long-standing history of providing beach-front community recreation, U.S. Olympic swim trials and collegiate championships. In 2013, the pool structure was deemed seismically unsafe, requiring a replacement facility. To replace this revered attraction with a new state-of-the-art facility, the City Council engaged Hastings+Chivetta in association with Harley Ellis Devereaux and RoTo Architects..

The project is envisioned to be a new indoor facility that is as streamlined and elegant as a world-class swimmer, with an outdoor pool and full-service restaurant nearby. Working with the City Council and multiple community stakeholders, the design team developed a concept that not only complements the prime beach-front location and sleek city landscape, but provides a much-needed venue for swimming, diving and water polo competitions.

The new Belmont Beach & Aquatics Center will welcome the bright southern California sun into the enclosed indoor 50M pool and separate dive tank. The pool will feature a moveable floor, transferable bulkhead, 10M diving platform and a full range of diving boards. A space frame will cover the domed roof of the indoor pool, providing auxiliary shading for the outdoor 50M x 25M competition pool and recreation pool. Upper level spectator seating will accommodate 650.

The project is designed to achieve LEED Gold and will integrate sustainable features such as energy efficient equipment for conditioning indoor spaces, water conservation measures, energy efficient pool equipment and filtration systems, use of recycled materials, natural lighting to reduce energy consumption, LED light fixtures, managed site light pollution, solar water heating and other renewable energy sources.