Smith Aquatic and Fitness Center

Charlottesville, VA

Smith Aquatic and Fitness Center

Scope of Services
Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) Engineering
Sustainable Design
Energy Simulations

The Smith Aquatic and Fitness Center features a 6-lane competitive pool and a separate recreational pool with two water slides, a zero-depth beach entry area, and an in-water play structure. The pools are complemented by offices, locker rooms, a wet classroom, a large fitness area with cardiovascular and strength training equipment, and a studio for fitness programs and classes.

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2RW provided MEP engineering services, which included a variety of sustainable features that contributed to the LEED Platinum Certification:

  • Standing column well ground source heat pump system which reduces building operations and maintenance costs by reducing energy consumption
  • Automatic low-flow water fixtures which reduce wastewater by 64%
  • Daylighting to 98% of the occupied spaces
  • A roof-fitted solar thermal system to heat domestic water
  • Ultraviolet and CO2 pool treatment system
  • Pool energy recovery system
  • High-efficiency instantaneous domestic water heaters
  • Low-flow fixtures
  • Building automation system with remote access

2RW also created energy models to estimate the expected energy savings compared to a code-compliant building meeting the requirements of ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2004 as a base. The energy model was used to assess the cumulative effect of all of the energy-efficient design strategies based on typical weather data
and building usage.


The building was projected to save an estimated 58% on its annual energy costs compared to a code-compliant building.

Scope of Services
Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) Engineering
Sustainable Design
Energy Simulations

OWNER: City of Charlottesville

TIMEFRAME: 2008 – 2010

SIZE: 24,460 SF

COST: $8.25 million

ESTIMATED ENERGY SAVINGS: Estimated 58% annual energy cost savings


First LEED Platinum Certified municipal aquatics project east of the Mississippi River.


2011 – Facility of Merit, Athletic Business Magazine
2011 – Green Building Leadership Project Award Juror’s Favorite, James River Green Building Council

LEED Platinum