Land Development Projects


Florida Gulf Coast University Aquatic Center

Estero, Lee County, Florida

As a sub-consultant to architect Schenkel Shultz, Hole Montes provided professional services that included the overall site design where pool layouts were required to conform to USA Swimming and NCAA standards, site surveying and permitting.

This design team was able to capitalize on the highly specialized experience of one of Hole Montes' senior engineers, Luc Carriere, to design and manage this project. As one of the top officials for Florida Swimming, Mr. Carriere is intimately familiar with pool designs through his responsibilities for the management and refereeing of swim meets. Working throughout Florida gave him the experience to identify designs that were best suited for competitive and/or recreational use.

The Florida Gulf Coast University Aquatic Center features an eight lane, 50 meter competition pool that can be converted into two 25 yard or two 25 meter pools by adjusting moveable bulkheads. The facility also includes a 25 yard pool with two 1 meter and two 3 meter diving boards. The pool design was required to meet all the safety dimensions as directed by the governing bodies.

The site also includes space for an additional pool for platform diving. Hole Montes specified the location for touch pad data controls for meet results, as well as geothermal units as part of the filtration system to heat and cool the pools to stay within competitive guidelines. The walls and bulkheads for the pool were pre-manufactured so the design had to be coordinated with the pool contractor. Hole Montes reviewed the shop drawings for the pools to verify compliance and performed periodic and final inspections. Hole Montes' survey department was responsible for site layout and to certify the length of each lane to ensure all pool configurations were within the specified tolerances as specified by USA/ Florida Swimming.