Salinas Aquatic Center Honored as a 2011 Dream Design

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The Salinas Aquatics Center in Salinas, California has received top
honors in Aquatics International’s 2011 Dream Designs competition,
winning the award for Best Competition Pool. The landmark LEED Gold
Certified facility features a beautiful retractable pool enclosure by
OpenAire.

Oakville, ON, August 04, 2011 -- The Salinas Aquatics Center in Salinas,
California has received top honors in Aquatics International’s 2011 Dream
Designs competition, winning the award for Best Competition Pool. The
landmark LEED Gold Certified facility features a beautiful retractable
pool enclosure by OpenAire.

Now in its seventh year, the Aquatics International Dream Designs
showcase is an annual program that highlights extraordinary aquatic
facility design projects. Each year, the industry publication recognizes
the most innovative facilities in the world, from fitness centers and
schools to community pools and waterparks. They select the 25 most
impressive projects and feature them in their popular Dream Designs
issue, which serves as an inspiration for designers and builders across
the globe.

“Having the Salinas Aquatic Center recognized by Aquatics International
is a tremendous honor,” says Mark Albertine, President, OpenAire. “We’re
proud to have been part of the project – and to have made a significant
contribution of the success of the Center.”

The Aquatic Center features a 73’ (22.3m) x 75’ (22.9m) lap and activity
pool that is protected from the elements by a 100’ (30.5m) x 110’ (33.5m)
retractable enclosure. Designed with OpenAire’s exclusive maintenance-
free thermally broken aluminum framing system, the enclosure has an
operable roof that can open up to 50%. Translucent polycarbonate panels
transmit an abundance of natural light, and 15’ (4.57m) high vertical
walls made of glass and polycarbonate let in even more sunshine and
provide great views of the landscaped grounds.

The Best Competition Pool award winner boasts a number of enviable
features that make it a great destination for the entire community. The
focal point of a much larger recreation complex, the pool is an appealing
space that gets lots of sunlight and fresh air, and can be enjoyed by
swimmers, spectators and staff alike. In addition to being used as a
competition space, the Salinas Aquatic Center also offers a variety of
swim and fitness programs – everything from beginner lessons to exercise
classes to team practices are held there.

Built with a high level of environmental awareness, the LEED Gold
Certified building exceeds California’s Energy Efficiency Standards by a
remarkable 25%. Green features include the use of natural daylight
throughout the entire facility, fresh-air dehumidification and natural
cooling, plus energy efficient heating, electrical and space conditioning
systems, UV water filters, thermal pool covers and more.
“We worked hand in hand with Glass Architects and the City of Salinas to
achieve their vision for a great-looking, sustainable structure that
residents would truly love to use,” says Albertine. “This project shows
that building sustainably can really pay off – not only is the facility
striking, it provides significant savings on operational and energy
costs.”

The future holds much more for this community favourite. Designed with
expansion in mind, the facility is already planning a multi-flumed water
slide, splash-down / therapy pool, a splash pad and possibly other water
features.

Read more about OpenAire’s involvement in the project at
www.openaire.com/salinas-aquatic-center.aspx, and learn about their LEED
expertise at www.openaire.com/LEED.aspx.

CONTACT: Mark Albertine, President, 1 800 267 4877, sales@openaire.com,
www.openaire.com

About OpenAire
OpenAire has been designing and manufacturing beautiful, high-quality,
environmentally conscious retractable roof enclosures and skylights for
over 20 years. Their commercial projects include the Americana Indoor
Water Park in Niagara Falls, Canada, Big Splash Island in French Lick,
Indiana, the Palms Casino & Resort in Las Vegas and the world’s largest
indoor waterpark with a retractable aluminum dome in Ukraine. By
combining your unique vision with OpenAire’s expertise, incredible venues
are a reality.

About Glass Architects
GLASS ARCHITECTS has offices in Santa Rosa and Grass Valley and has been
in continuous practice in Santa Rosa for over forty years. The firm
specializes in a broad range of project types with an emphasis on public
projects including medical, education, religious, high-tech and office
buildings, aquatic centers, police and fire stations, courthouses,
community centers, wineries, and custom residential. GLASS ARCHITECTS is
the continuation of the firm formerly known as Roland/Miller/Associates.

Press Contact:
Amanda Steeves
OpenAire Inc.
2360B Cornwall Road
Oakville, ON
L6J 7T9, Canada
1-800-267-4877
asteeves@openaire.com
http://www.openaire.com

				
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Description: The Salinas Aquatics Center in Salinas, California has received top honors in Aquatics International’s 2011 Dream Designs competition, winning the award for Best Competition Pool. The landmark LEED Gold Certified facility features a beautiful retractable pool enclosure by OpenAire.