Since entering the United States from Rome in 1893, the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary have upheld an extremely endearing tradition of tending to the sick throughout the entire Chicagoland area. This dedication has extended well beyond the building of the original Little Company of Mary Hospital in 1930 and into a $180 million Campus Transformation Project which culminated in late summer 2014.
While tubs for dog washing are a common feature of veterinary clinics, kennels, and professional pet-grooming services, these products are increasingly being installed in locations where dog-owners can wash their own pets. Many multi-family housing developments, apartment buildings, and residential condominiums now offer dog-washing rooms in addition to exercise yards in an attempt to attract more animal-owning tenants.
New technologies can provide optimal natatorium environmental control and energy savings. Today’s indoor pool dehumidifiers and outside air ventilation systems technology has changed so much over the last decade, a new or retrofitted natatorium stands to save millions of dollars in energy costs over the 15 to 25-year lifecycle of the equipment. Equipment comes with reduced refrigerant charges of up to 85-percent, compressor heat recovery for free pool water heating, exhaust heat recovery for preheating outdoor air, modulating controls for pinpoint temperature and humidity control, glycol heat rejection to dry coolers, and web-based microprocessor monitor, alarms, and control for factory technician review.
There are many issues to consider when designing a natatorium, including the choice of structural systems, building enclosure components, mechanical systems, and the operation of adjacent spaces in multi-use facilities. The intent of this article is to discuss the typical problems that the authors have investigated in over a dozen existing natatoriums and provide practical guidance for avoiding those problems through diligent and careful design and construction.