Creative and Innovative Design

VDA was the first architect to introduce British Columbia to:

  • Curved edge movable pool floor
  • Dedicated warm water therapy pool in a community recreation centre
  • The freeform warm water leisure pool concept
  • Moving water in aquatic facilities
  • Wave machines
  • Family changing rooms
  • Poolside viewing terraces
  • Lazy rivers
  • Interactive child’s play devices in pools
  • “Conversation pit” swirlpools
  • Raised accessible swirlpool decks
  • Massaging bubble pits
  • Indoor/outdoor waterslides
  • Landing strip for waterslides
  • Movable pool floors
  • Double bulkhead system in 50m competition pools

International firsts include:

  • First Handicap accessible indoor waterslide in North America
  • First wave pool in New Zealand
  • Largest aquatic facility in New Zealand
  • Largest indoor wave pool in Australasia
  • First YMCA wave pool, Grays Harbor, WA, USA
  • First free-form Myrtha pool