Tag Archives: Swimming Pool Design

Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex – Swimming Hall of Fame

The following press release was issued by the City of Fort Lauderdale on September 21, 2012 The renovation of the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex – home of the International Swimming Hall of Fame – has received the critical go-ahead from the City Commission. I’m pleased to announce that the Commission approved this week an agreement […]

Doc Counsilman’s Curiosity Continues

Racing start velocity, body shaving, drag forces, and drinking chocolate milk for a quicker recovery after workouts are just a few of the subjects Joel Stager and his team of researchers at Indiana University’s Counsilman Center have been studying. The researchers are carrying on the work of James “Doc” Counsilman, regarded as one of the […]

Minimum Water Depths Under Starting Blocks

On July 20, 2012, the Facility Design and Construction Model for the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) was posted for public comment due October 14, 2012.  In section 4.8.3.3. a single sentence could change the industry standard for minimum depths  under starting blocks to 6 feet and 7 inches for a distance of 20 feet.  […]

Relative to the structural design of swimming pools, which codes and standards apply?

All fifty states adopt the International Building Code (IBC) as their model code. IBC is published by the International Codes Council. Most states also have a “state specific” code, as well as some cities. Within IBC, Reference Standards are used. These Reference Standards are material-specific or use-specific, typically written by industry organizations. So, the code […]

What Is A Bulkhead?

 A bulkhead is a structure that can separate a pool into different sections.  Typically these structures are moveable in the United States to allow the pool to be adjusted to accommodate different field of play (Yards and Meters).  For example, in a 50 meter pool with 2 movable bulkheads there can be as many as […]