Architectural Project: Sun N Fun Lifestyle Wellness Center

sun n fun indoor pool
Sarasota, Florida 2011
LEED NC Gold Certified
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“Sarasota's newest architectural landmark brings the city's modernist tradition to an unlikely place: a resort and campground… the resort now has a monumental piece of design..."We wanted the 'wow!' factor," said the General Manager” – Sarasota HeraldTribune

The LEED Gold Certified 18,000 SF Lifestyle Wellness Center was designed for a Florida based Resort. Looking to attract the baby boomer generation, the resort sought to provide a higher class of services. The building is comprised of a therapy spa, an indoor 25 meter lap & therapy pool, second floor exercise rooms that overlook the pool, along with an aerobics studio, steam & IR sauna rooms, dressing/locker facilities and access to adjacent existing exterior pools.

The building was designed to bring a mature contemporary aesthetic to the aging campus, while maintaining the tropical feel of the resort. A well known local post war modern movement help to provided a vocabulary framework for materials and structure. The resultant design creates a flow of space and form between the program elements, the hard clean lines of the masonry walls intersect with the curved wood beams and glass facade. Meanwhile a rhythm of steel columns lift the structure and unite the exterior spaces and guide occupants along a predefined path.

One the project’s main goals was to connect to the existing exterior pool deck and create an “open” feeling, which was achieved with a span reducing ‘V’ shaped column supporting the roof structure and large glue laminated beams. Taking advantage of views to the east, a full glazed facade offers views to the existing exterior pool, while glazing on the north side provides copious amounts of natural light. In order to provide a physical connection to the exterior, three 20’ sections of the eastern facade accordion open allowing the indoor & outdoor pool decks to be combined on pleasant days and for events.

The sustainably minded client required the pool building to be both healthy & energy efficient. To this end the building utilizes passive architectural features to lower energy demand, such as large overhangs on the south side to shade the against the harsh Florida sun. While the north face maximizes glazing for additional day lighting without added heat gain. Additionally, “active” systems include two 5,000 gallon cisterns to collect rain water and HVAC condensate, a state of the art cooling/dehumidification systems and lighting controlled by occupancy and daylight sensors provide the right amount of light when needed.

The LEED Gold project also utilizes an insulated concrete form (ICF) wall system and impact/insulated rated windows providing a highly insulated envelope. Low & no VOC finishes were used throughout as well as materials containing high quantities of recycled content.

Green Features Include:

  • Geothermal cooling system
  • Pool water used to condition the enclosed pool area, heats pool in process
  • 10,000 gallon Cistern for capturing rainwater for irrigation and toilet flushing
  • Large window wall allows daylighting deep into the space
  • Energy efficient mechanical systems employed.
  • Energy efficient fluorescent lighting with direct / indirect light was installed throughout the interior.
  • LED & Compact fluorescent light fixtures
  • Occupancy sensors were installed in most spaces
  • Recycled content in most of the buildings materials and low emitting composite used for cabinetry
  • Low flow plumbing fixtures, low flow toilets
  • Roofing with highly reflective material and increased insulation reduced loads on the HVAC system.


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