Deaconess Aquatic Center Named Dream Design

We're excited to share that the Deaconess Aquatic Center, designed by Hafer, has been named a 2022 Dream Design by Aquatics International. The annual award program celebrates extraordinary aquatics facilities and honors the design teams involved. The Deaconess Aquatic Center was one of 10 projects recognized from around the world.

“Our goal for every project is to design for what matters most,” says Jennifer Kissel, senior associate at Hafer and project architect for the aquatic center. “For the Deaconess Aquatic Center, it was all about designing an environment for everyone. Being named a Dream Design shows that it hit that mark.”

The Deaconess Aquatic Center opened in October 2021, born from the City of Evansville and community’s vision to create a place for swimmers of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels to enjoy. The aquatic center boasts the 16,000 sf Lilly King Competition Pool, a 4,000 sf recreational pool, a 1,750 sf splash park, among other amenities. The facility also honors Olympic gold medalist swimmer Lilly King and Paralympic gold medalist swimmer Mikaela Jenkins, both Evansville natives.

The Deaconess Aquatic Center and other Dream Design honorees are featured in the July/August issue of Aquatics International Magazine. See the article here:

In addition to architecture, Hafer also provided MEP engineering and interior design services for the Deaconess Aquatic Center.

You can learn more about the Deaconess Aquatic Center here: