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PROJECTS   

 
United States Air Force Academy
Type:  Indoor
Main Pool Size: 
213' x 56' x 18' Deep
Gallons: 
867,500
Bulkhead Dividers: 
3 @ 56' each
Diving Tower: 
10 meter, 5 meter, 3 meter
Diving Boards: 
4 @ 1 meter boards
Age: 
40 years
Circulators:  3 @ 25 horsepower
Design Requirements: 
     
- New gutter system
     - New filter system
     - New chemical and control system
     - New tile interior and decks
NCAA competition gutter design

Project Summary:  One of our most recent and perhaps most difficult challenges was the complete renovation of a 40 year old pool at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The obstacles that IPCI was confronted with were very unique and complex. Both IPCI's many years of custom product design experience and earlier hands-on field construction experience proved extremely valuable in finding innovative solutions, making this one of our most successful projects.

The pool was designed with pipe tunnels, which go around its entire perimeter.  The pool structure is reinforced poured in place concrete.  The decks within the natatorium space consisted of two layers.  The first layer was a 6 inch thick structural slab suspended from the foundation walls to the pool walls forming the roof of the tunnels.  There were insulation and radiant heating coils placed on top to the structural deck and a second deck 4 inches thick was placed on top of that with a thick set tile finish.  This existing situation had significant structural inferences, which strictly inhibited the design window of the new gutter system.  The problem was further compounded by the fact that the gutter had to comply with the NCAA requirements for competition, which means the pool water had to be maintained at the gutter rim during competition and not allow for any water rebound back into the pool. 

The owner requested that all 26 underwater lights in the pool  be removed and sealed water tight and then have new pool tile overlaid to match the new pool interior. Removing the light fixtures and making the fixture openings (2 feet in diameter) watertight was a very intense procedure.  One of the most difficult undertakings is to keep any underwater wall penetration from leaking.  IPCI engineered a mechanical window well sealing system. The system incorporated a flexible gasket mechanically compressed by a large stainless steel plate.  The poolside face of the stainless steel plate had a grid system of inch stainless steel rebar welded to it and a weld stainless wire fabric welded to the rebar.  A special high strength permanent epoxy masonry grout finish was trawled over the old window opening so that the new pool tile could be affixed to it. 

The new gutter system required completely changing the configuration of the old gutter without affecting the structural integrity of the existing pool wall bond beam or the existing gutter stainless steel rim, which is used to carry the pool bulkheads. IPCI developed a unique custom gutter profile, which accomplished both.  IPCI then developed a gutter water evacuation system by core drilling 5 inch diameter vertical holes in the beam directly over the abandoned underwater light wells.  IPCI then designed a special plumbing pipe fixture to fit in each hole and permanently seal it. These fittings were then connected to a 14 inch diameter PVC pipe manifold that carries the pool gutter water back to the filter system balance tank. This design exceeded the NCAA requirements for the carrying capacity during competition and handles both static and dynamic surge with no problem. 

The existing filter system was removed.  This system consisted of four 8 foot diameter copper lined steel tanks which were twenty-five feet long.  IPCI designed a new stainless steel filter system consisting of only two filter tanks occupying only 180 square feet, which occupies approximately 23% of the old filter system footprint.  The new vacuum sand filter system saves the owner on heating costs, chemical costs, makeup water costs, reduces overall maintenance and daily operating manpower. 

The newly designed chemical treatment system, which consists of bromine, ozone and carbon dioxide, creates excellent water quality and eliminates the unpleasant odors which are often present in indoor natatorium facilities. The new chemical system automatically evaluates the pool water quality and feeds the required amounts of chemicals.  This automation, as well as all of the other electronic and monitoring equipment, are installed in a custom designed control package so that all the pool operations can be performed and monitored from one convenient location. 

All of the project documents for design and construction had to be done in strict compliance with military and government regulations.  Since this job has been completed, IPCI has been awarded three additional contracts at the Air Force Academy.  One, for the rehabilitation of the Cadet Intramural Pool, which is 60 feet wide by 120 feet long and 7 feet deep with a total gallon volume of 377,000.  This design was completed last year.  IPCI is currently doing a redesign of the Air Force Academy Officers Club pool, which is being completely reconfigured and is having a water playground added for children.  IPCI is also doing a bulkhead addition to the natatorium pool, which is currently in progress.

 

United States 
Air Force Academy

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Sports Complex

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Community College
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YMCA
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Northern Colorado
Therapy Center
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Highlands Ranch
Recreation District

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University of 
Southern Colorado
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Meadows  Metropolitan
Recreation District

 

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