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University of Pennsylvania Sheerr Pool Renovation

Philadelphia, PA

Pool Reconstruction and Natatorium Renovation

Originally constructed in 1967, the Sheerr Pool at the University of Pennsylvania serves as the home of the university’s swimming and diving teams and supports a range of campus recreational and fitness activities. After completion of a feasibility study that explored potential approaches to modernize the facility, KCBA was retained to serve as the architect for a currently underway renovation project. The program includes a full reconstruction of the pool and aquatic equipment, renovation of the natatorium interior, and renovation of associated spaces such as the locker rooms and coaching suite.

The pool work includes structural modifications to introduce a designated ADA entry as well as alterations to the shell and replacement of the moveable bulkhead to allow the pool to be configured as either one 50-meter competition course or separate 25-meter and 25-yard courses. New support amenities are also being installed such as diving boards, starting blocks, and timing system.

The natatorium interior is slated for a complete renewal via a new pool deck, bleacher seating, paint, ceilings, and lighting. A new ADA-compliant viewing platform is also being introduced at the bleachers directly linked to the lobby. The locker rooms and coaching suite will similarly be fully reimagined via new finishes and fixtures.

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