Public pool design for safe and consistent use

Alyssa Phelps
ARC564 | Spring 2013

The existing design recommendations for public pools cover many physical requirements for the pool including: the allowable depths, allowable widths, lane recommendations, allowable accessories, etc. But scarcely do the design recommendations relate to how users occupy the space, and the way in which the safety of users can be influenced. Yet this space is one that relies on users both to occupy and support the safety of the space. From the lighting, to the pool layout, to the circulation and support spaces there are design decisions that can influence the way that people occupy the space in a safe, risk free way to allow leisure and exercise to occur. Studying behavior patterns of both swimmers and lifeguards can lend to providing design recommendations for the space, and further ensure the safety of those occupying it.

The goal of this project was to minimize risk and increase safety in the pool area, and in its adjoining spaces, through design recommendations. This will ultimately increase the feelings of safety and wellbeing by all of those occupying the pool space.