Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center

Feasibility Study + Design

Adams 12 Five Star School District envisioned a regional aquatic venue to support the high schools and surrounding middle schools in the district. In late 2007, we were hired by the school district and the City of Thornton to design a state-of-the-art competitive aquatic center for athletes, students and staff from all five high schools, as well as residents of the community and nearby areas.

The 52,000-s.f. center includes a competitive 50-meter pool with moveable bulkheads and spectator seating for 800. The pool can be configured into 21, 25-meter practice lanes; 25-meter or 25-yard race lanes in the center; or a diving and warm-down configuration. Energy-efficient features include solar hot-water heating for the pool, high-performance windows, a daylit two-story lobby, continuous skylight in the natatorium, and advanced mechanical and electrical systems.

In the future, the aquatic center will be joined by the addition of the North Thornton Recreation Center, offering this growing community a multifunctional gathering place. The centers will become a source of pride, bringing the community together at a year-round destination.

Project at a Glance


Thornton, Colorado


Adams 12 Five Star School District


$15 Million


52,000 s.f.



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