Prince George’s Community College, Bickford Natatorium Renovation

Henry Adams provided design and construction administration services for the renovation of the 47,100 GSF Bickford Natatorium for Prince George's Community College, acting as the prime consultant.

The facility consists of a 50-meter Olympic-size competition pool, a training pool, a hydrotherapy pool, racquetball courts, basketball court, locker rooms, a weight room and other miscellaneous support spaces. The project implemented current design standards and codes for natatoriums, which require significantly greater ventilation and dehumidification requirements than the original systems were capable of handling. 

The architectural design included a complete roof replacement and structural work for the installation of new exterior dehumidification units serving the complex.  Hazardous materials testing was completed during the design phase to confirm the building did not contain asbestos or other hazardous materials.

The facility's central heating and cooling plants were replaced and completely reconfigured in order to improve maintenance access and to incorporate additional equipment.  The project incorporated replacement of the existing mechanical systems associated with each pool and the support spaces: pool water filtration system; heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems; the domestic hot water heating system; and the movable pool floor system. Four dehumidification units and five indoor air handling units maintain optimal facility operating conditions in conjunction with the pool filtration and heating systems. To support the new dehumidification equipment, the building electrical service and structure was modified and expanded. Other upgrades included pool lighting, pool re-plastering, replacement of pool float valves and automatic water level controls for each pool.  The moveable pool floor mechanical equipment was refurbished to help the facility maintain service for citizens with disabilities.

Additional Information:

Construction Value $3,500,000
OwnerPrince George’s Community College
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