VLK Architects Breaks Ground on the Little Elm Aquatics Center
Little Elm, Texas – On August 7th, VLK Architects attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the Little Elm Aquatics Center. Approved in a recent bond by the Town Council, this 40,000 sf aquatics park, featuring a first of its kind custom slide imported from Europe, is planned to be a unique attraction, providing economic growth for the city.
“The goal of the project was to provide a one-of-a-kind amenity that can be used the entire year, no matter the weather,” said Chad Hyde, Director, Little Elm Parks and Recreation. “It has been a long-anticipated project that residents have asked for year after year.”
The facility structure is a mix of concrete masonry unity (CMU) construction, a Custom OpenAire aluminum composite structure with glazing, and operable roof panels which allow for natural ventilation. The interior space features two levels, three party rooms for rent, cabana rentals, and observation mezzanine for event and party rentals. Concession areas will serve food to facility users. The facility is designed for year-round use and will maintain an interior temperature of about 84 degrees Fahrenheit.
VLK partnered with The Brannon Corporation to incorporate water recreation opportunities for all ages. On the main level will be a large, lake-themed splash pad for older children, as well as a double surf rider. On the lower level, a lazy river will flow through the space and a smaller toddler splash pad will be available. The main focus of the space will be a custom slide designed by KVA that was imported from Europe. The slide will be the first of its kind for any aquatic park in the United States.
“After many months of a collaborative design process with the Town of Little Elm, we are excited to see construction starting on this important project. The features of this building are truly one-of-a-kind and will provide the community with a fun-filled destination they can use year-round,” said Justin Hiles, Senior Associate and Architecture Director, VLK Architects. “We are so thrilled to be a part of this project team and look forward to ensuring its successful completion.”
The Little Elm Aquatic Park will be part of the Little Elm Recreation Center Complex, located on Main Street in Little Elm and steps away from Lake Lewisville.