Texas A&M Celebrates Opening of New $7.8 Million Swimming and Diving Facility

On Friday, Texas A&M swimming and diving will celebrate the grand opening of their new dryland and diving gym, the Anne S. & Henry B. “Hank” Paup ’70 Pavilion. 

The $7.8 million renovation and expansion project has been in the works since October 2019 when A&M first announced the groundbreaking of the site. A year later, we reported that the University had revealed the name of the new facility and set a tentative grand opening date of January 2021.

The Anne S. & Henry B. “Hank” Paup ’70 Pavilion (named after the lead donors of the project  Anne S. and Henry B. “Hank” Paup) was designed by Populous, an architectural company responsible for renovating venues including the Texas A&M Kyle Field in 2015, and for designing the football stadium setup for every NFL Superbowl since 1985.

This is the second big architectural update within 3 years for A&M who opened a new 8-lane, 25-yard pool and made renovations to their 50-meter pool in 2018. The Pavilion, which is adjacent to the 50-meter pool, will serve as a training center for the Aggies’ varsity swimming and diving programs.

The renovations reconfigured the existing facility’s home team and visiting team locker rooms, two offices, and storage space and added 11,000 square feet to the building. These additions and alterations include:

  • a distinct lobby / entryway
  • team lounge
  • nutrition area
  • coaches offices and locker rooms
  • athletic training and hydrotherapy room
  • dryland space
  • graphics throughout the building of the team logo and TV’s displaying team messages

Populous doubled the height of the original entryway to distinguish it from the rest of the building, added a wood feature wall with integral lighting that will look lanelines, and incorporated a display case into the wall. 

Paup Pavilion Lobby courtesy of Populous

The locker rooms also received a facelift with the addition of wood-tile flooring, a dedicated space to store wet mesh bags, and a set entryway for visitors to enter their locker room during meets. The home locker rooms now have a total of 40 men’s lockers and 46 women’s lockers, which are each 2 feet wide.

Paup Pavilion Women’s Locker Room courtesy of Populous

Paup Pavilion Men’s Locker Room courtesy of Populous

Within the team lounge is the nutrition area featuring a kitchen with a snack display, a small island for the team to gather, a refrigerator, and a pantry. The lounge space for both the men’s and women’s programs also includes a sectional sofa and large TV.

Paup Pavilion Team Lounge courtesy of Populous

Paup Pavilion Nutrition Area courtesy of Populous

Athletes will now have access to an in-ground trampoline, a large spring-floor area for tumbling, rope systems mounted to the ceiling, 3 diving boards above an in-ground foam pit, and 2 diving boards over an above-ground landing mat within the Paup Pavilion’s new dryland space.

Paup Pavilion Diving Boards courtesy of Populous

They added in-ground hot and cold pools for hydrotherapy and updated the athletic training room as well.

Paup Pavilion Hydrotherapy Room courtesy of Populous

Paup Pavilion Athletic Training Room courtesy of Populous

Paup Pavilion Hallway courtesy of Populous

Paup Pavilion Hallway courtesy of Populous

The Texas A&M men’s program is coming off a 2nd place finish at the 2020 SEC Championships under head coach Jay Holmes. The Aggie women’s program placed 6th under head coach Steve Bultman.

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Fly Mom
1 year ago

My son has been looking at D1, D2 & D3 teams. Theses facilities are what I would expect for a top D1 program but we were blown away with the facilities of one D3 team in ME take a look at the Harold Alfond Athletics Center!

Lorri
1 year ago

Is there a picture of the pool?

Admin
Reply to  Lorri
1 year ago

Here’s the new team-only training pool: https://swimswam.com/texas-ams-new-pool-open-business/
Here’s a picture of the main natatorium (or most of it – there’s a 25-meter diving well off frame to the right, and the seating extends all the way to the end there).

https://swimswam.com/texas-am-university-re-opens-some-on-campus-aquatics-facilities-thursday/

PsychoDad
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

Interesting, this new pool does not have blocks. What is the rationale behind that “design?””

Yeehaw
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

That’s not a team pool, in fact it’s mainly for the regular student body.

Texas A&M Swim Fan
1 year ago

Waitin for someone to “step up” & give this type of money for this type of upgrade for that “college”down in Austin! I’m still waiting & wonderin how long I will continue to wait for that! They have “nothing” close to this down there & won’t for anytime in the foreseeable future👍.

Last edited 1 year ago by Texas A&M Swim Fan
NCAA watcher
Reply to  Texas A&M Swim Fan
1 year ago

Welp it will be interesting to watch the two “colleges” at NCAA’s!

Texas A&M Swim Fan
Reply to  NCAA watcher
1 year ago

You are talking about the “orange & white” one I guess since that’s the only one of the 2 that fits that comment 👍👍

Horninco
Reply to  Texas A&M Swim Fan
1 year ago

Keep on waiting, we will just keep on winning

Last edited 1 year ago by Horninco
Texas A&M Swim Fan
Reply to  Horninco
1 year ago

I will. Not much interest in your alumni wanting to upgrade that facility down there☹️. With all that winning, kinda speaks volumes👍☹️ But then again, I’ve gotta remember the T- Sips I’m corresponding with! You’ve got a wallet hopefully. Short horn it on up👍👍

Last edited 1 year ago by Texas A&M Swim Fan
NCAA watcher
Reply to  Texas A&M Swim Fan
1 year ago

Welp it will be interesting to watch and compare the two “colleges” at NCAA’s!

NCAA watcher
Reply to  Texas A&M Swim Fan
1 year ago

The new outdoor pool at The University of Texas is fabulous!

PsychoDad
1 year ago

Come on, Mike. There is plenty of talent there. Not many can brag about beating Texas anyway, but student athletes can enjoy great deal swimming and studying at A&M. I love their renewed focus on recruiting Texas talent. A&M is improving rapidly.

Peggy Machol-Bassett '79
1 year ago

It’s come a mighty long way from the PL Downs Natatorium I swam in as a member of the Texas A&M Women’s Swimming, Diving & Water Polo Teams back in the 1970s under Coach Dennis Fosdick.

Coach
1 year ago

Steve has got to be in his last year or 2. Wonder who gets to enjoy the new fruits of his labor?

Texas A&M Swim Fan
Reply to  Coach
1 year ago

Believe he’ll be around Aggieland for quite a few more years yet!! He’s not through “gigging em” quite yet😄

Sarcastic
1 year ago

Glad to see a school supporting swimming, they deserve a bomb facility!

J H
Reply to  Sarcastic
1 year ago

Yeah they totally deserve it. With all the money they bring in?

DMacNCheez
Reply to  J H
1 year ago

Dude you’re literally on a swimming website

Coach Macgyver
Reply to  J H
1 year ago

A&M swim camp brings in a ton. One of the best camps in the nation.

Yaboi
1 year ago

Beautiful facility. So glad for the Aggies! A facility like this will be a huge recruiting prop as well.

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