Florida Aquatics Swimming and Training Facility Prepares For Olympics


Florida Aquatics Swimming & Training (FAST) is a premier aquatic training and Olympic training competition venue in the Southeast United States. The facility provides elite training for swimmers of all levels with the goal of producing the next generation of future champion swimmers and potential Olympians. The 12,478 sq. ft. facility uses Desert Aire 2 SelectAire Plus SP70s, 2 SelectAire QS60s and 1 QV04 dehumidification system to maintain the indoor pool environment thanks to our representative Nelson & Company.

The FAST complex in Ocala, Florida is state-of-art aquatic center that supports the community with programs and training programs to train swimmers and athletes of all ages and abilities with exceptional coaching, premier facilities, and cutting-edge programs. The facility's indoor pool is a 10-lane, 25-yard, 50-meter Olympic competition pool with seating for more than 2,000 spectators.

FAST needed to cool and dehumidify its Olympic-sized indoor swimming pool. Typically, indoor pools create a high-humidity environment that can create uncomfortable indoor temperatures. FAST wanted to provide a comfortable indoor air temperature for both spectators and athletes in this traditionally high-humidity environment.

Nelson & Company’s Rory Stiglitz worked with Parrish McCall and CT Mechanical to create a complete dehumidification system solution comprised of four Desert Aire pool room dehumidification units that can handle both the sensible and latent demands of the space, as well as the outside air and pressurization.

Benefits of the Desert Aire dehumidification system:
· Improved indoor air quality protecting the health of swimmers, divers, coaches, and spectators.
· Enhanced long-term structural integrity of the building and supporting systems.
· Conserved energy, water, and water treatment resources.

The June 2023 Athletic Business magazine Architectural Showcase issue featured the Florida Aquatics Swimming & Training project.

Application Note 10: Swimming Pool Dehumidifier Sizing

Technical Bulletin 9: Interaction of Pool Water and Air Chemistry