Kempsville Recreation Center

Project Summary

The new center features a large natatorium that contains a 6-lane competition pool with competition diving areas and a 25’ high glass rock climbing wall, a leisure-fun pool with a zero-entry beach and Virginia Beach-themed play structures and an aqua-track / lazy river element. The new Kempsville Community Recreation Center has been designed to meet the standards and sustainable goals set forth by the U.S. Green Building Council LEED Green Building Rating System and is targeting LEED Silver certification.

The new facility was constructed in the approximate footprint of the original structure and is supported on shallow foundations with a grade supported slab. An exception is the competition pool which is supported on helical anchors, mainly to account for uplift considerations (poor depths up to 14 feet). These anchors were subjected to tension, axial and lateral static load tests. The shallow subsurface soils were typically comprised of relatively clean SANDs (SP, SP-SM and SM). Thus the soils excavated from the pond were reused in the building footprint and the utility was backfilled with the natural soils. This project experienced minimal undercuts/ground improvements.