Cascade Falls Aquatic Center
Ankeny, Iowa

Challenge: Create a new aquatic center for the City of Ankeny, Iowa that recalls the Works Progress Administration, created during the Great Depression of the 1930s. The purpose of the WPA was to provide employment for thousand of unemployed Americans while enhancing the national parks systems and bettering communities. The WPA "style", born through using local designers, contractors, and laborers, was rustic in detailing, craftsmanship, materials and inspiration.

SVPA Solution: The Cascade Falls Aquatic Center design pays homage to that time in American history while adhering to Prairie Trail Development design requirements. The 4,000 s.f. facility has simple roof lines with exposed trusses and uses stone, brick and block. This provides a "WPA" rustic park and recreation atmosphere while bringing the latest in American design ingenuity and convenience to aquatic center patrons. The aquatic area features 21,400 s.f. of water surface area, consisting of a 25 yard lap and diving pool, a shallow play pool, a lazy river with a water slide plunge pool, and a FlowRider. Water features include an open raft water slide, an enclosed raft water slide, a swirl bowl slide, a drop slide, one-meter springboard diving, three-meter platform diving, water spray features, water play structure and rockscape waterfalls.

Completion Date: 2010

Project Size: 4,000 s.f. bath house
                         21,400 s.f. pool area

Type of Delivery: Design Bid Build

Project Team:

  • Vitus Bering, AIA
  • Thad Long, AIA
  • Leslie Wilson, IIDA, LEED AP
  • Tometich Engineering
  • Water's Edge Aquatic Design
  • Hoss and Brown Engineers

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