2012  |  Buffaloe Road Aquatic Center  |  Raleigh, NC

The 18,500-square-foot Buffaloe Road Aquatic Center (BRAC) is an indoor recreational pool designed for the Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department. The facility features a variety of aquatic play and exercise amenities geared to family use including a three-story water slide, current channel, water vortex, aquatic volleyball and basketball courts and a water massage bench. In addition, there is a toddler sprayground with a zero-depth entry that permits full ADA accessibility to all areas of the pool.

The building is LEED Silver Certified. Sustainable features include a state-of-the-art regenerative media water filtration system augmented by UV light disinfection. Air temperature and humidity control are provided by a Dectron dehumidification mechanical unit equipped with a heat recovery wheel that recaptures excess energy, providing supplemental heating for the pool water. The mechanical systems are augmented by a bank of roof mounted solar hot water panels. Other sustainable features of the project include a vegetated “green” roof and enhanced roof and wall insulation.

LEED Silver Certified, 2015
Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Community Appearance, 2014
Nation’s Most Sustainable Aquatic Facility, Aquatics International Magazine, 2014

Photography by Wyatt Blackwell