Bloomfield Family Aquatic Center | Bloomfield, NM
Greer Stafford was hired to transform the local high school’s abandoned natatorium building into the new Bloomfield Family Aquatic Center, operated jointly by Bloomfield Schools and the City of Bloomfield. A feasibility study and subsequent negotiations between the school district and the city determined that the owner must add an outdoor family aquatic park to make up the operational loss of the indoor facility.
Phase I added an outdoor pool complex, designed to offer fun aquatic activities for all ages and be a source of revenue that offsets the cost of operating the facility. Included is a six lane lap pool, a splash pool for toddlers with fountains and other play structures, and a “play-and-plunge pool” that offers a pair of two-story water slides and room for floating rafts. A variety of grass, sand and shade areas surround the pool decks, while a new outdoor locker room/concessions stand building completes the water park, making it a destination where families can spend an entire day.
Phase II consisted of extensive renovations to the existing natatorium building. The old indoor pool and surrounding decks were refinished, new daylight openings were added for increased natural light and improved thermal efficiency, and existing locker rooms were gutted and expanded. The building’s exterior received a face-lift in the form of new stucco and metal wall panel finishes and the addition of a more welcoming front entry.