Missouri’s Wapelhorst Aquatic Center Awarded 2019 Dream Design

A comprehensive upgrade yields this community waterpark, for which designers thoughtfully chose where to blend with the existing environment and when to stand out.

Wapelhorst Aquatic Center 
St. Charles, Mo.

Architect: Davis & Davis

Landscape Architect: Kimley-Horn & Associates

Aquatic Designer/Consultant: Counsilman-Hunsaker

General Contractor: Contegra Construction

Pool/Spa/Waterfeature Contractor: Capri Pools & Aquatics

Others: Kimley-Horn & Associates; Davis & Davis; The Core Group; Engineering Associates

Modern city pool

Through this renovation, the design team provided a modern-looking family aquatics center using existing grade changes to create visual interest and provide natural separate to the various activity clusters.

The city facility gained several new attractions so it could serve as the community waterpark. A 3,500-square-foot children’s pool features a large, multilevel aquatic play structure. A 4,900-sq. ft. leisure pool is enhanced by a large, shaded water lounge. The 5,600 sq. ft. lazy river contains a beach entry and underwater seating alcove. Body flume water slides drop into a dedicated 1,100 sq. ft. plunge pool.

Significant elevation changes throughout the site were used to compose dramatic views and define zones. The site includes more than 15 feet of drop from an overlook elevation at the main entrance, so visitors can see across the shallow play areas to the lazy river and water slide features below. The body flume water slides are incorporated into a hillside. To control the grade changes, the team incorporated a combination of keystone retaining walls and landscape elements.

For the color scheme, the designers selectively chose hues that would blend and contrast with the environment. The natural blues and greens of the shade canopies visually connect with the pool water and landscape, while vibrantly colored water slide flumes and play structures provide pops of color.


Circulation Systems/Gutters:

Sta-Rite, Neptune-Benson

Controller/Control System:

BECS Technology

Guard Chairs/Safety Equipment: Spectrum Aquatics

Interactive Waterfeatures: WhiteWater West, Aquaclimb

Pool Cleaner: Duramax

Pumps: Grundfos

Racing lines: Competitor

Slides: WhiteWater West

Springboards: Durafirm

UV System: Engineered

Treatment Systems

Article Courtesy – Rebecca Robledo