Flagstaff Aquaplex

Feasibility Study + Design

The project team of Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture and Johnson Walzer Architects worked with the city of Flagstaff to develop a feasibility study that included site recommendations, programming and conceptual design for a new indoor aquatics and multigenerational facility. Community and user-group workshops were held to gain citizen input and to involve them in the planning process. A project website was also developed, which documented progress of the study. Council approved the design team recommendations and the team moved forward with the design and construction of the center.

The new 52,000-s.f., energy-efficient center is designed with every age in mind. It features a leisure pool with lazy river, community/multipurpose room, multi-activity (MAC) gymnasium, and weight and fitness areas with an elevated jog/walk track. The two-story gallery/lobby features natural daylighting and is complemented by wood timber construction. The natural materials allowed the building to nestle into the beautiful mountain landscape.

Project at a Glance


Flagstaff, Arizona


City of Flagstaff

Associate Firm

Johnson Walzer Associates


$12 Million


52,000 s.f.



Awards & Features

2009 Outstanding Facility Award, Arizona Parks and Recreation Association

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