USNA Lejeune Hall Dive Tower

Dive Tower at Lejeune Hall, U.S. Naval Academy – Annapolis, MD

The architecturally exposed cast-in-place concrete dive tower and 3-meter springboard platform were designed to enhance the facility’s potential to attract both international and intercollegiate dive competitions. Therefore, the new design incorporated strict dimensional requirements of both Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) and the NCAA.

The tower design integrated the 3 meter springboard platform with the 5, 7.5, and 10 meter platforms incorporating multidirectional cantilevered slabs. Tapered platforms were used to reduce the dead load weight, limit the deflection of the cantilevered end, and conform to the elevation envelope prescribed by the sport’s governing bodies.

As the prime for the design team, Woods Peacock collaborated closely with the Academy and the Dive Team staff to incorporate their ideas into the final design while remaining flexible and responsive to unforeseen field conditions. The construction schedule was extremely tight, with the project bid, award, and construction occurring between graduation in May and the start of the fall semester.

➢ Construction cost: $1.04 million

2011 Excellence in Structural Engineering Merit Award – Structural Renovations under $10 Million; Structural Engineers Association Metropolitan Washington

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