Trends Summer 2018 - Page 20

A LOOK AHEAD Here is a quick glimpse into projects in the works across the country. Watch for more on them in our blog (AyresAssociates.com/blog/) and in future TRENDS issues. MAKING A SPLASH Community members looking to cool off in Racine, Wisconsin, this summer now have a new option. The SC Johnson Community Aquatic Center opened to the public over Memorial Day weekend. $6.5 million of it funded through a donation from the SC Johnson company and the remaining $500,000 from the Racine County Parks Department – in the fall of 2017, with construction continuing through the winter and into the spring. Key features of the project include a six-lane lap swimming pool and a zero-depth activity pool for younger patrons – essentially a playground in the pool complete with a climbing structure, play tower, water cannons, basketball hoops, and water slides. Both pools are accessible to patrons with mobility challenges and comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, going beyond the hydraulic lift chairs commonly seen in public pools and instead incorporating subtle handicap ramps into the water – allowing everyone equal access into the pools in a more modest fashion. Additionally, the Ayres team designed the 4,800-square- foot bathhouse in a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired style; SC Johnson’s administration building and many more of its structures feature the legendary late architect’s designs. Maximum capacity at the SC Johnson Community Aquatic Center is 700 people. MITIGATING CONFLICTS Ayres Associates’ landscape architect Blake Theisen and civil engineer Katie MacDonald worked with Racine County, the City of Racine, SC Johnson, and Racine Family YMCA on the design of the unique two-vessel pool. In addition to the initial concept design, Ayres also assisted with traffic analysis, utility services, bathhouse and parking lot design, construction documentation, and construction management. Ground was broken on the $7 million project – 20│ TRENDS Ayres Associates’ new Communications, Gas, and Power (CGP) design group serves the telecommunications and gas industry and focuses on the required relocation design of facilities due to roadway improvements by state and local transportation departments. The team also designs new facilities for CGP clients. With an established presence in Florida, the group recently expanded its operations into Wisconsin and elsewhere in the Midwest. The group is currently working on a large telecommunications relocation project for the widening of U.S. 19 south of Crystal River in Florida. The project involves