Archive for April 2012

The Most High-Tech Swim You’ll Ever Take

For years the residents of downtown Glendale had been looking for something to do when the stifling heat of the California sun was beating down. Until just recently the answers seemed to be simply this; stay inside.

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The reason was that Glendale had a severe lack of open spaces and no place to go when the temperatures started to rise, leaving residents with little choice but to seek shelter indoors, out of the sweltering sun.

That all changed when the Pacific Park Pool Project was born. Today the lucky residents of this urban California community have a 4900 square foot, 6-lane swimming pool facility surrounded by comfortable shade structures.  Visitors can use the pool to cool off and enjoy themselves, even when the temperature skyrockets.

Not only is the pool fantastically beautiful and eye-catching, it’s also accessible by foot, bicycle or with Glendale’s public transportation system.  It’s also one of the most high-tech swim & recreation centers in the state and possibly the country.  As one of the major partners in the project, Classic Recreation provided state of the art, high-tech shade structures with incorporated solar panels that provide nearly 40% of the facilities energy as well as looking fantastic and adding much-needed shade to the pool’s deck area.

Indeed, the new pool and surrounding structures are so energy-efficient that they received a LEED Certification with a Platinum Rating and exceed California’s stringent Title 24 building energy performance requirements

Centrally located at Pacific Park the new high-tech swim pool has given residents of this overcrowded inner-city area a new reason to celebrate and a lovely new facility that incorporates some of the world’s leading green technologies.

Classic Recreation is extremely proud to have been involved in the design process and the results of their combined work have to be seen to be believed.

Today, thanks to Classic Recreation and the myriad designers of the Pacific Park Pool, when someone in Glendale asks the question “what should we do today?” the emphatic answer is “let’s go to the pool!”.

Some additional details about this project include:

  • The facility has two arrays of photovoltaic panels, one on top of the shade structures  and one on the building roof, which generate approximately 22,000 kWh of energy per year, roughly 40% of the building’s energy demand.
  • Shade structures give a place for people to rest and relax out of the sun.
  • The City’s mandate for a Green Building, the project received a LEED Certification with a Platinum Rating.


Click here to read more about this project.