CDG was recognized this fall for its design of the J.T. & Margaret Talkington YWCA Sun ‘N Fun Aquatic Center by the American Institute of Architects Lubbock Chapter and the International Interior Design Association Texas Oklahoma Chapter.
The new aquatic center was honored with the Citation Award at the Lubbock AIA Design Awards in Lubbock, as well as the Best in City Center – West Texas Award at the IIDA Design Excellence Banquet in Houston.
“It was an exciting project to revitalize a neighborhood institution and help expand the footprint of a great organization. We were honored to be recognized for our work as a team on this project and appreciate receiving this award from our peers and fellow architects.” says Tyler Voller.
The YWCA Sun N’ Fun is a newly constructed facility consisting of a 22,400 square feet multi-purpose building, as well as a 2,200 square feet aquatic center that compliments an existing neighborhood swimming pool and new 6,700 square feet splash park.
The design concept was to create a community center that the members could use for a wide variety of activities, from basketball and racquetball to rock climbing and neighborhood gatherings. The modern industrial design of the building provides a fresh look for the community with a combination of masonry, corrugated metal panels, glass, and glowing blue acrylic elements. The climbing tower, with its thirty-foot-tall window wall that looks out over the surrounding neighborhood, provides a stunning vista to anyone who ascends to the top.
Community spaces provided include a regulation size basketball and racquetball courts, a weight lifting room, large locker rooms, a climbing wall, four classrooms and five administrative offices, as well as a large multipurpose room that is adjoined by a full commercial kitchen. The aquatic center contains a large reception and check-in space, locker rooms, and office space for the lifeguards, while the pool area received new outdoor seating and lounging areas to go along with the new splash park.