In August 2017, the board approved an agreement with IKM Architects to design the Seneca Valley Aquatic Center. After more than a year of thoughtful planning and working cooperatively with a core group of stakeholders, their vision was realized on Sept. 4, 2018, when initial plans and renderings were met with excitement and enthusiasm by the crowd.
“I’m very pleased with the design,” said Dr. Tracy Vitale, Seneca Valley Superintendent of Schools. “I feel very strongly about providing to our students a facility where they will learn a very important life skill.”
The original swimming facility, located in the Seneca Valley Intermediate High School, is now 56 years old. After many years of repairing the pool, it became time to address a long-term solution. As such, it has been a part of the District’s long-term facilities planning efforts, which were presented to the School Board in 2014. The natatorium was also a part of the District’s 2015 Feasibility Project, which was an in-depth study of the District’s facilities to address long-range planning and responsiveness.
Board members, at the time of the aquatic center's approval, expressed their interest in the space becoming an asset to the community and look forward to the many students and residents it will attract of all ages.
"This new aquatic facility will be maximized by teachers during the instructional day, by coaches during after-school activities, and by the community in programmatic efforts for all residents," said Ms. Heather Lewis, Athletic Director.
The timeline of the project included a design concept process that began in fall 2018, a ground breaking in fall 2019, and a grand opening in February 2021.