BBA Architects LP

City of Brenham Blue Bell Aquatic Center

Brenham, Texas

Programmatic Requirements

Initial research by the City and the Citizen’s Steering Committee found a need for a community center that would ultimately include an outdoor leisure pool and indoor natatorium, a community education center, and a recreation center. Aside from aquatic and recreational needs, the multi-use complex for this site will ultimately serve a local youth organization and the Community Education Department of the Brenham Independent School District.

Design Solutions

The Blue Bell Aquatic Center includes an outdoor leisure pool comprised of a 5,500 square foot water area with a 120 ft. water slide, water floats and sprays (thematically designed around Blue Bell ice cream products), a zero beach entry, and a children’s pool for young swimmers. The Natatorium houses a 6-lane, 25-yard pool for practice, training, and U.I.L. sanctioned competition. The addition of a childcare room, an exercise room, and a 1,000 square foot therapy/rehab pool with dressing rooms and an office/exam room to the original contract was made possible through additional private donations.