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