The Big Blue Swim School

The $2.2-million-project involved the complete tear down of a Stop & Shop grocery store that formerly occupied the 10,000 s/f retail space.  This new location of Big Blue Swim School is located at the Loop, an approximately 338,470 s/f open air regional shopping center, featuring a diverse mix of soft goods, entertainment, restaurants, fitness, and service-oriented retailers and is the largest and most well-established shopping and dining destination in northern Mass. The Acella team installed a 29 x 91-foot heated pool graduating from three to four feet deep, complete with a state-of-the-art multiple-layer filtration system including the newest ultraviolet filtration technology to destroy organic pollutants and similar bacteria. The pool is encased in blue epoxy coating to prevent slipping. A butt glazed glass wall system was mounted to allow full view of students. The Loop is owned by Lexington Realty International.

Methuen, MA

Architect: DXu Architects