KAI Designs Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation and Aquatic Center in Atlanta
Construction is well underway on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation and Aquatic Center in Atlanta, GA -- a $23 million project with KAI as the architect of record and Perkins + Will as the designer.
 
The City of Atlanta, Department of Parks and Recreation, asked KAI to design a public natatorium that would promote public involvement and stand as a cornerstone for the local community.
 
"The design for this new recreation and aquatic facility seeks to represent an inclusive public amenity that is truly welcoming to all," said KAI President Michael B. Kennedy, Jr. "I am humbled to be a part of such a historic project. My hope is that this facility will be half as great as the man it represents."
 
Designs for the facility include a 25-yard lap pool, leisure pool, fitness and weight room, climbing wall, multipurpose gymnasium, walking/jogging track, recreation classrooms and locker rooms. Community and administrative elements include a multi-use event space with a warming kitchen to accommodate 200 people, a senior center, lounge area, computer lab, workroom, staff offices, storage and a substation for the Atlanta Police Department.
 
The building's design maximizes access from multiple directions, including the parking lots, and incorporates a compact, central lobby that extends upward three floor levels. The centerpiece of the facility's design is a glass-enclosed natatorium that "folds open" onto an outdoor plaza for community activities. KAI, which also provided MEP design/build guidelines on the project, designed the center to achieve a LEED Silver certification for energy efficiency.
 
The project represents KAI's ability to work with an aggressive timeline and still maintain the integrity of the project's design. The facility is being constructed in three design packages and has a set schedule of 13 months. Construction is expected to be completed in Fall 2017.