Delivering State-of-the-Art Aquatic Center, Propelling Continued Student Athlete Success

With 43 swim and dive championships between them, Visitation School (VIS) and Saint Thomas Academy (STA) in Mendota Heights, Minnesota, are known for their excellence in the pool. For nearly 60 years, the teams shared a pool on the STA campus, but it needed replacement. The schools chose us to construct a new state-of-the-art aquatic center that will better serve the schools and the community.

The STA/VIS Michel Family Aquatic Center will include:
  • a 25-yard indoor pool with eight lanes
  • a diving board
  • bleacher seating for 350
  • expansive deck space
  • new locker rooms for both schools
The building complements the campus' existing use of brick and features expansive glass windows that will allow natural daylighting and views. A sustainable structural system will use a combination of cross-laminated timber and a steel roof. 

In addition to being the training and competition home for the school's swim and dive teams, the new aquatic center will serve local swim clubs and Catholic Athletic Association schools. During the school day, the pool will be used for curriculum-based initiatives.

Our team partnered with the architect and the school to provide cost-saving options to bring the project within their budget. We were ultimately selected to build the project based on competitive pricing, past project performance and familiarity with the schools and their facilities.