Niles North High School Aquatics Center
Expansion/renovation improves competitive and educational swimming programs, welcomes community, and improves safety
Niles North High School’s 48-year-old pool was too small and too shallow. Competitive swimming was difficult, and diving was impossible. Lighting and mechanical systems ate up energy.
The expanded and renovated Aquatics Center benefits community members, whether their swimming goals are competitive or educational. It also serves the district’s 2,200 students—swimming is a curricular requirement—and 275 student athletes. The project, completed on time and under budget, includes a new competition “cold” pool, a renovated community “warm” pool, a new public connecting corridor, locker room renovations, coaches’ offices, and meeting/storage space.
- Creates versatility to host PE courses, competitions, and community programs
- Promotes flexibility for diverse swimming and diving activities
- Visually connects existing and new pools
- Involved the community and students in the design and building process
- Maximizes safety and storage
- Engages students and spectators in athletic activities
- Sets a sustainable design standard (LEED for Schools Gold) for high school aquatics facilities
- Achieves ADA compliance for the existing pool and adjacent gymnasium spaces