The $17.2 million Kingsport Aquatic Center has been named Project of the Year by the TCAPWA. (David Grace photo)
KINGSPORT — The Model City has earned statewide recognition for the Kingsport Aquatic Center, a rousing recreational success in East Tennessee.
The Tennessee Chapter of the American Public Works Association (TCAPWA) selected Kingsport to receive Project of the Year honors for its efforts to bring the Kingsport Aquatic Center to the city’s residents and visitors. The annual award by TCAPWA recognizes outstanding planning, construction and management of a project in a Tennessee city.
Lose & Associates, the primary design consultant for the project, submitted the nomination to TCAPWA. The Nashville-based company handles architecture, landscape architecture, planning and civil engineering.
The aquatic center project presented some challenges, including raising the property several feet to maintain elevation over floodplain limits, addressing drainage and stormwater issues, and reclaiming and restoring wetlands. The site also was designed to allow for future expansion of the complex amenities and to accommodate commercial development in the area. The successful navigation of those challenges factored into Kingsport receiving the public works award.
“It was a pleasure to work on this project for the city of Kingsport,” said Matthew Cramer, AIA, director of architecture for Lose & Associates. “This award recognizes the considerable efforts by the city and the Kingsport Aquatic Center to complete this project. We are honored to have been a part of creating this quality-of-life gem for the community.”
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