September 6, 2002
MAKING A SPLASH: WOMEN IN ARCHITECTURE
WILL TOUR RAY'S SPLASH PLANET
Charlotte Mecklenburg County's new indoor water park, Ray's Splash Planet, is nearly complete. One distinct feature of the facility is its striking design, featuring curved interior walls, streaming sunlight and almost no right angles. Because of that unique design, a group of top women architects will visit to Ray's Splash Planet on Monday, September 9, 2002, at 6 p.m.
The architects are members of Women in Architecture, part of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). They are kicking off Architecture Week with their visit to Ray's Splash Planet, winner of a Southern Piedmont ASHRAE Chapter Technology Award.
Ray's Splash Planet is located on Sycamore Street, adjoining Irwin Avenue Open Elementary School, and features one of the nation's few indoor water parks. In the final stages of construction, the 29,000 square-foot complex is a joint venture between Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. The facility was designed by architecture and engineering firm Clark Nexsen, and has the potential to become a landmark in Charlotte's Center City.
Amenities include a beach-like entry to the pool, an interactive water playground, a winding, two-story tube slide, a 250-foot lazy river, super-soaker squirters, fountains and geysers, a vortex pool, lap-training lanes, water basketball goals, and tumble buckets. The facility also boasts sophisticated cardio and weight-training facilities, an aerobics room, a multi-purpose room and a party room. Outside, the facility will feature two large activity fields and a new outdoor playground.
From the outset, planners chose to incorporate the natural flow of water into the building design using the lines of Irwin Creek, which winds around the facility. On the exterior, the earth-tone brick is capped with stunning points of windows.