After over two decades serving the Richmond, California community, Richmond Swim Center had to be closed in 2014 for renovations. The original building housing the indoor pool had suffered moisture damage and other wear and tear. The center needed a redesign that would be durable, stand up to humidity and give guests an attractive place to swim
The City of Richmond chose OpenAire to create a huge double-slope aluminum-framed glass skylight that free-spans 114 feet over the length of the building. The gable-ended structure sits above the building’s existing laminated wooden rafters, creating an almost weightless appearance that combines the old with the new brilliantly. OpenAire designed the skylight with durability and efficiency in mind. The lightweight aluminum frame supporting the structure is corrosion proof and vented to prevent damage from chlorine and other pool chemicals in the air beneath. This combination of vibrant architecture and practical design has made the Richmond Swim Center a great success for both the City of Richmond and OpenAire.