Austin: Plans for High School Aquatic Center Move Forward
Featured Illustration (above): Conceptual rendering for the planned aquatics center at Westlake High School. Image: Stantec
By Edmond Ortiz
Austin (Travis County)–Eanes Independent School District (EISD) will contract with a third-party to manage operations for the nearly $10 million aquatic center that’s planned for construction at Westlake High School.
The Eanes school board on March 31 approved a proposal from WAQ LLC, which proposed to cover all operational costs at the 23,645-square-foot facility, which will be built on 12 acres of district-owned land immediately east of Loop 360 and west of Camp Craft Road. It will be constructed on part of a student parking lot near the district’s operations center and Westlake Athetic and Community Center.
The aquatics center will feature a 122-foot-by-75-foot (25 meters), 8-lane pool with a 6-foot movable bulkhead.
The project will also include a coaches’ office, bathrooms, storage at deck level, equipment room in the basement area below the locker rooms, movable 3-row aluminum bleachers, and parking space.
The aquatics center is being funded by an $80 million bond that EISD voters approved in May 2019. The center has an estimated total cost of $9.95 million.
The bond also funds new spaces for the wrestling and robotics programs at Westlake, and improvements to all existing district facilities.
Preliminary floor plans for the planned aquatics center at Westlake High School. Image: Stantec
The Austin office of Stantec, an architecture and engineering firm based in Edmonton, Canada, is overseeing designs for the coed/extracurricular additions at Westlake, including the aquatics center.
Cedar Park-based American Constructors is the construction manager at risk. The school district anticipates the start of construction of the Westlake additions this June.
District officials indicated there will be no construction delay due to shelter-in-place orders imposed by the city of Austin and Travis County because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Governor Greg Abbott;s executive order included construction one of the “essential” activities, exempting it from local shelter-in-place orders statewide.
EISD plans to have all the new spaces at Westlake operational by the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year. VBX members may track this project using ID number: 2020-2B48.
Edmond Ortiz is a lifelong San Antonian and a 20-plus-year veteran in local journalism, He previously worked full-time at the San Antonio Express-News, and has been freelancing for outlets such as the Rivard Report.