Retractable Roofs Bring Sunshine To Aquatic Centers
The installation of retractable roofs has brought a new dimension to aquatic center design. Designers, owners and operators of all aquatic venues whether they are, competitive pools, waterparks and/or more typical public or private natatoriums have grand visions of letting the sky in to create a more natural, outdoorsy setting. After all who wants to be inside in a dark artificially lit space when the weather is warm and the sun is shining?
Our retractable roofing systems are both popular and profitable in aquatic centers because they let in the sunshine at all times and when open they let in the fresh air and allow operators to turn off costly MEP equipment. In an aquatic facility, owners can attain up to 30% in yearly energy cost savings (based on US energy cost calculations) and have no maintenance costs for these corrosion-proof aluminum structures.
An OpenAire retractable roof enclosure can be an addition to an existing facility, a separate structure that’s adjacent to your recreation center, or a retrofit of your existing outdoor pool or a renovation of your indoor pool facility.
Examples of Unique Retractable Roof Solutions
Richmond Swim Center: In Richmond California, at a community school pool facility, OpenAire added a retractable roof to an existing glulam aquatic center roof to rid the space of heavily chlorinated air and convert the pool into a bright sunlit space that’s now indoors and outdoors.
Epic Waters Waterpark: For the city of Grand Prairie Texas, OpenAire designed and installed a massive 62,000 sf enclosure for a waterpark, which since opening in January 2018 has ranked top indoor park in Dallas, #2 in Texas and #5 in the USA, and just Won the 2018 World Waterpark Association’s Leading Edge Award, surpassing ALL client expectations
Pocahontas Aquatic Center: In Pocahontas, Arkansas OpenAire was tasked with building a small 13,000 sqft year-round, weather-resistant, facility for a community of 6800 people. The solution a 91 ft x 147 ft enclosure offers year-round programming for all of the residents of Randolph County and has been a major success for the local Parks and Rec department.
Find out more here about our 4 main types of Aquatic Venues:
Whether you need just a skylight or an entire roof/wall enclosure – we can design a retractable roofing system that fits your structure! Check out some of our retractable roofing system projects here and here.