Legat Architects

Community Connection

Student athletes and coaches played a key role during planning. Student/community feedback inspired the final design.

“A collaborative spirit carried us throughout this process. The result is a flexible center that will cater to a wide array of users.”


Curricular Connection

Design and construction fed into Niles North’s architecture and engineering class curriculum. Bi-weekly tours and presentations by the A/E/C team focused on topics that the class was studying.

“The Niles North Aquatics Center leaves a lasting impression for up-and-coming swimmers. The air quality, pool, and facility are exemplary.”

PE/Community “Warm” Pool

The renovated “warm” pool houses a year-round competitive swim program and programs from two park districts.


Practice/Competition “Cold” Pool

The new “cold” pool can accommodate a 25yd, 25m, or water polo course. It also has a separate diving well. Learning stations are located at the diving end and concourse for swimming and water safety.

“For 20 years, the existing pool has been a sub-standard facility. We have a top-notch aquatics program and now we’re finally going to have a facility to match that quality.”

The Scoop on the Slope

The sloped form draws attention to the expansion. The highest point of the curve marks the balcony, which holds 500 spectators. Athletes congregate at the pool deck, the low point of the curve. The roof extends past the south wall to form a canopy over the sidewalk and shade south clerestory glass.


Concourse Views

The concourse addition between pools has a meeting area, coaches’ offices with views to both pools, storage, and deck space. The glass between pools creates a visual connection and a curved ceiling element ties both pools together.

Illinois’ First LEED for Schools Gold Certified Aquatics Facility

The design reduces energy use by 44% compared to a standard code-compliant building of similar size, resulting in annual energy savings of 31.5%.