City of Mesa – New Mesa Aquatic Complex


2013 – 2014


City of Mesa




Mesa, Arizona


3,128 SF (building)

5462 (canopies)

20,337 SF (pools)

Project description

The Mesa Aquatic Complex at Mesa High School was a joint effort between Mesa Public Schools & the City of Mesa. The project boasts perimeter landscaping, decorative masonry and fencing, an 8-lane main pool, “lazy river” recreation feature, bathhouse, lifeguard office, main entry, enclosed storage areas and pool mechanical building.  The strategic placement of the facility on a highly visible intersection showcases the complex and promotes the school. The building features a pleasing casual aesthetic that integrates well with the surrounding context, comprised of Mesa High and the mature residential neighborhoods beyond.  Building materials consist of stained split face and smooth concrete block, green insulated glass and stucco exterior finishes. The complex features “wave” forms that are angled to the horizon at both the north and south elevations, which contribute to the unique character of the facility.  The ‘waves’ are articulated with a scored finish pattern that is further accented with colorful panels to provide a playful feel to the complex. The building’s horizontal masonry forms anchor the building to the landscape while the wave elements help reinforce the idea that this is a complex for recreation meant to be enjoyed by Mesa residents and students alike.