Our client, The Country Club at Woodmoor, asked OLC and A.D. Miller Construction Services (CM/GC) to assist them in re-imagining the existing pool area, from concept to opening day. The basic need was to replace the dated, existing pool and restrooms due to maintenance and accessibility concerns. However, this was also an opportunity enhance the pool experience, thus increasing the value of club membership. A key goal was to make the pool zone more attractive to kids of all ages and as a social hub for adults.
The resulting design was an almost doubling of deck area and a 20% larger pool surface area. Access to the club and to parking was reconfigured to allow a larger lawn area to the north of the pool for weddings and parties. By relocating the check-in area, member access to the pool is separated from those events. The most prominent feature by far, however, is the striking view of Pike’s Peak to the south. By leveraging the pool’s promontory site and selective framing of that view, the pool environment is a place current and potential members to the Club can easily visualize spending days and evenings with families and friends.
The new pool is divided into four zones. A zero depth entry area with play feature; a shallow water area for kids and/or chaise lounges; a two-lane lap pool; and a deeper area with a basketball hoop, a climbing wall and a drop slide. Though just one body of water, each zone is distinct from each other by virtue of the clover-leaf-like layout, and can be individually roped-off for programming flexibility.
A 1,200 SF new bathhouse adds shower and restroom capacity as well as a new family changing and an indoor area to be away from the elements. As a satellite to the food and beverage operation of the Country Club, a snack bar with a large-rollup counter and an outdoor grill on the south side of the bathhouse will provide food and beverage service to pool guests. Immediately adjacent is a segregable 800 SF party area. Current plans provide for a roofed pavilion with TVs, sound and radiant heat.
Working to a budget, the re-use of the existing pool mechanical equipment that had been replaced within the last 5 years was a must for the design and construction team. That meant that the pool volume was as a design limitation. With some creative repurposing, the only mechanical equipment change was the addition of feature pumps for the play and slide features.