Charlottesville, VA

Smith Aquatic & Fitness Center

Scope of Services
Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) Engineering
Sustainable Design
Energy Simulations

The Smith Aquatic & Fitness Center features a 6-lane competitive pool and a separate recreational pool with two water slides, a zero-depth beach entry area, and an in-water play structure. The pools are complemented by offices, locker rooms, a wet classroom, a large fitness area with cardiovascular and strength training equipment, and a studio for fitness programs and classes.

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2RW provided MEP engineering services, which included a variety of sustainable features that contributed to the LEED Platinum Certification:

  • Standing column well ground source heat pump system which reduces building operations and maintenance costs by reducing energy consumption
  • Automatic low-flow water fixtures which reduce wastewater by 64%
  • Daylighting to 98% of the occupied spaces
  • A roof-fitted solar thermal system to heat domestic water
  • Ultraviolet and CO2 pool treatment system
  • Pool energy recovery system
  • High-efficiency instantaneous domestic water heaters
  • Low-flow fixtures
  • Building automation system with remote access

2RW also created energy models to estimate the expected energy savings compared to a code-compliant building meeting the requirements of ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2004 as a base. The energy model was used to assess the cumulative effect of all of the energy-efficient design strategies based on typical weather data
and building usage.


The building was projected to save an estimated 58% on its annual energy costs compared to a code-compliant building.

Scope of Services
Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) Engineering
Sustainable Design
Energy Simulations

OWNER: City of Charlottesville

TIMEFRAME: 2008 – 2010

SIZE: 24,460 SF

COST: $8.25 million

ESTIMATED ENERGY SAVINGS: Estimated 58% annual energy cost savings


First LEED Platinum Certified municipal aquatics project east of the Mississippi River.



2011 – Facility of Merit, Athletic Business Magazine
2011 – Green Building Leadership Project Award Juror’s Favorite, James River Green Building Council

LEED Platinum