FREMONT, Neb. – So far, so good. Construction is going well on the Dillon Family Aquatic Center which will be the new home of Midland University swimming.
The state-of-the-art facility is on schedule to open in January 2018.
With the building in place, work can continue through rain and shine in order to meet the deadline. When complete, this pool will be one of the top pools in the area.
With a focus on creating a fast swimming environment, Myrtha pools has come in to make sure that the Dillon Family aquatic center will be one of the fastest pools in the region. You may recognize Myrtha for their work on the Olympic Trials pools from 2008, 2012, and 2016 as well as their construction of the Olympic pool in Rio. The Fremont YMCA only wanted the best for the construction of the new facility.
With fast racing in mind, here are a few key features Myrtha has put in place:
The gutter system will include deep, deck-level gutters in order to minimize the waves bouncing off the wall. Instead of bouncing off the walls, the waves the swimmers make will simply wash over into the gutters and be recycled through the jets. The sides of the pool will be constructed from stainless steel with the bottom being a rubber like material to dampen the effects of the waves bouncing off the bottom of the pool.
Another feature will be a top of the line HVAC system. If you have sat through many swim meets in your life, you will know that not all air quality is created equal in natatoriums. The Dillon Family Aquatic center will feature an air quality system that will have vents at deck level to remove the chlorinated air right from the surface of the water. To continue the theme of clean air, plans are in place to use a UV filtration system, allowing pool managers to use a fraction of the chlorine otherwise needed in a traditional non-UV system pool.
All 12 lanes of the 25-yard pool will be available for racing with touch pads for each lane and the "end caps" will be accessible for warm-up/warm-down. The six-lane 50-meter portion will also have warm-up/warm-down access were the 25 yard pool crosses.
On top of all that, every swimmer's favorite feature by far will be the Omega starting blocks (the same type used at the Olympic Trials and Olympics) complete with a kick plate to make for fast starts.
With construction moving along, everything is in place to have one of the top pools in the region. Follow Midland University Swimming on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to see the latest pictures, videos, and drone footage of the Dillon Family Aquatic Center's construction.
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