Following the tragic drowning of four people in the Fort Worth Water Garden's Active Water Pool in June 2004, the City of Fort Worth commissioned Freese and Nichols to evaluate operations and make recommendations to improve public safety.
The main focus was mechanical equipment comprising the water recirculation system, operational procedures and operating conditions in the active pool. Based on recommendations, City Council approved a $3.2-million renovation.
FNI prepared construction plans and specifications, which included a complete replacement of the mechanical equipment and site lighting and a new addition to a mechanical room. Improvements were designed to facilitate worker safety, ease of maintenance and safe, more efficient operations. Various architectural enhancements were created throughout the facility to address safety, accessibility for the handicapped and site security, all in keeping with the original architectural design.
This project received the Award of Merit in the Built Category from the American Institute of Architects–Fort Worth in 2008.