The Greensboro Aquatic Center, which has moved into the USA Swimming major meet rotation since opening in August of 2011, is already undergoing much-needed renovations, with the primary function of improving air quality.
The pool will host the 2013 Winter Junior National Championships in two weeks, and the 2014 Winter National Championships at the end of next year, and specifically a lot of the deck-level, poor-quality air will be evacuated from the pool, rather than recirculated as the HVAC system was originally designed.
“To better be able to manage the challenge of reducing the airborne chloramines and improving the overall air quality on the pool deck, Greensboro is renovating their HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system,” the pool’s management said in a written statement.
“The change includes the installation of two Paddock Evacuators to collect bad air at deck level and pull it out on top of the roof to exhaust it. This air will not be re-circulated into the pool deck as it is today. Fresh air is then brought in to displace the exhausted chloramine-laden air. With these changes the air flow can be better managed and the quality is improved for swimmers, coaches and officials.”
Chloramines are becoming better-and-better known as the true cause for the telltale smell in natatoriums, and is the result of the interaction of the chloramines in the water and the organic matter in the pools that the chlorine is designed to clean up. In laymans terms, the smell means that the chlorine is doing its job in the water, but can be a huge health issue for those who inhale them if they’re not properly ventilated.
This HVAC upgrade is expected to be completed in time for Winter Juniors this season, which should assuage concerns over one of the biggest complaints of the otherwise huge and spectacular facility that seats 2,500 (1,848 elevated, 652 on deck).
Other improvements include a widening of the spectator corridor with a new concessions area and box office, and the establishment of a meet timing room that is off-deck.