Author: Kevin McElyea, PE

Swimming Lessons – A Favorite at many Summertime Pools

Municipal swimming pools have evolved over time Meeting the expectations of today’s savvy citizens when it comes to new or renovated aquatic facilities is much different than it was in the old days. People now expect their indoor or outdoor aquatic centers to have modern features and amenities. Cities should be very careful when planning new facilities to make sure the new expectations of residents are met. This does not necessarily mean that you need extravagant budgets for new facilities, it just means that you need to be wise in how your facility is planned and designed. Through creative...

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Indoor Pool Air Quality – A Unique Solution to Bad Air

Municipalities! — Now is the Perfect Time to Build... Posted by Kevin McElyea, PE | Jun 29, 2016 | Funding Public Projects, Misc. Pool News | 0 | Regenerative Media Filters – A Great Filter Techno... Posted by Kevin McElyea, PE | Jun 29, 2016 | Design Tips, Featured Products, Operational Tips, Safe, Clean, Swimming Pool Water and Room Air | 0 | Shotcrete, Concrete, or Gunite…What is Best for Sw... Posted by Kevin McElyea, PE | Nov 15, 2015 | Design Tips | 0 | What can We do about Chlorine Odors? Posted by Kevin McElyea, PE |...

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The Best Swimming Pool Water Treatment System Available Today for Maintaining Safe, Disease-Free Water for Swimmers

As an aquatic engineer who has been designing facilities for many years, one of the more frequent questions I get from owners of indoor pools is “what can we do to get rid of nasty chlorine odors that our customers complain about?” Before I even look at their pool situation, I have a very good idea of the problems they face. Whenever you have a indoor pool, which inherently has a confined air space surrounding the pool, that utilizes a chlorine based water treatment system, and you add people to the water who tend to sweat and produce other...

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Belton Aquatic Park – A Wonderful Municipal Water Park built on a Strict Budget

What a facility! 64,000 square feet dedicated to AQUATICS! These are the words written at the beginning of a description pamphlet prepared by the aquatics staff of the Christiansburg Aquatic Center. I must say that I completely agree with their assessment…. What a Facility! When our aquatic design firm started working on this project in late 2007, we did not know at that time just where the planning of this awesome facility would lead us. At that time, the initial discussions were to build an indoor aquatic facility that would be multi-purpose in function, with facilities that could be used by city residents for recreation, exercise, swimming lessons, competition, and maybe a bit of therapy. However, something rare happened during that initial planning process. Community visionaries stepped up to the plate and dared to imagine what such a facility could be for the community. One of those visionaries was Christiansburg Town Manager, Lance Terpenny. Along with other Town leaders, Lance suggested approaching neighboring universities with the concept of making this facility a world-class competition venue, as well as an aquatic treasure that would serve residents of the region in a way that is rarely accomplished anywhere, let alone in a 21,000 population hamlet like Christiansburg, Virginia. These Town visionaries saw the value that could be gained by all involved parties: For the universities and all serious aquatic sport competitors,...

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Municipal Aquatic Facilities of Today are much Different from Days of Old

Municipal swimming pools have evolved over time Meeting the expectations of today’s savvy citizens when it comes to new or renovated aquatic facilities is much different than it was in the old days. People now expect their indoor or outdoor aquatic centers to have modern features and amenities. Cities should be very careful when planning new facilities to make sure the new expectations of residents are met. This does not necessarily mean that you need extravagant budgets for new facilities, it just means that you need to be wise in how your facility is planned and designed. Through creative...

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