Acoustical Experience: Swimming Pools

    About This Project

    The traditional, echoing acoustical environment typical of swimming pools of the 60′s was due in part to a search for durable finish materials and an emphasis on competitive swimming. Today’s requirements for leisure pools are quite different, and the acoustical ambience is much more important. A valuable spin-off of good acoustical design is that safety messages and warnings are much more easily understood, and the public address system becomes useable.


    BKL has undertaken the acoustics and noise control design of many pool facilities, including those noted below.

    Pool Facility Acoustical Design


    • Whitehorse Aquatic Centre
      Whitehorse, Yukon
    • Nanaimo Aquatic Centre
      Nanaimo, BC
    • YMCA Family Leisure Centre
      Surrey, BC
    • Chilliwack Leisure Centre
      Chilliwack, BC
    • Surrey Sports and Leisure Complex (Fleetwood)
      Surrey, BC
    • Marshall Center Pool Renovation
      Vancouver, Washington
    • Prince George Aquatic Centre
      Prince George, BC
    • Coquitlam City Centre Aquatic Complex
      Coquitlam, BC
    • Greater Vernon Swimming Pool
      Vernon, BC
    • Killarney Community Centre Pool
      Vancouver,  BC (retrofit for control of excessive reverberation).
    • NAIT Pool
      Edmonton, Alberta
    • Bonsor Park
      Burnaby, BC
    • Golden Recreation Centre
      Golden, BC
    • New Westminster Swimming Pool
      New Westminster, BC
    • Port Alberni Swimming Pool
      Port Alberni, BC
    • Harry Bailey Aquatic Centre
      Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
    • Ponoka Hospital
      Ponoka, Alberta
    Acoustics and HVAC design for exercise and therapy pools


    • Lakeland College
      Lloydminster, Alberta
    • Eau Claire YMCA
      Calgary, Alberta


    Acoustics and HVAC design for recreation complexes including 25 m lap pool and training pool


    • University of Victoria Pool
      Victoria, B.C.
    • Max Bell Pool
      Edmonton, Alberta
    • Village Square Leisure Centre
      Calgary, Alberta
    • University of Alberta Pool Renovation
      Edmonton, Alberta
    • North Peace Leisure Pool
      Fort St. John, B.C.
    • Grant McEwan College Pool
      Edmonton, Alberta
    • Parkland Pool and Rinks
      Dauphin, Manitoba

    Sports & Recreation
    Building Services Noise & Vibration, Environmental and Community Noise, LEED, Room Acoustics, Sound Isolation, Vibration Isolation