On Friday, Texas A&M swimming and diving will celebrate the grand opening of their new dryland and diving gym, the Anne S. & Henry B. “Hank” Paup ’70 Pavilion.
The $7.8 million renovation and expansion project has been in the works since October 2019 when A&M first announced the groundbreaking of the site. A year later, we reported that the University had revealed the name of the new facility and set a tentative grand opening date of January 2021.
The Anne S. & Henry B. “Hank” Paup ’70 Pavilion (named after the lead donors of the project Anne S. and Henry B. “Hank” Paup) was designed by Populous, an architectural company responsible for renovating venues including the Texas A&M Kyle Field in 2015, and for designing the football stadium setup for every NFL Superbowl since 1985.
This is the second big architectural update within 3 years for A&M who opened a new 8-lane, 25-yard pool and made renovations to their 50-meter pool in 2018. The Pavilion, which is adjacent to the 50-meter pool, will serve as a training center for the Aggies’ varsity swimming and diving programs.
The renovations reconfigured the existing facility’s home team and visiting team locker rooms, two offices, and storage space and added 11,000 square feet to the building. These additions and alterations include:
Populous doubled the height of the original entryway to distinguish it from the rest of the building, added a wood feature wall with integral lighting that will look lanelines, and incorporated a display case into the wall.
The locker rooms also received a facelift with the addition of wood-tile flooring, a dedicated space to store wet mesh bags, and a set entryway for visitors to enter their locker room during meets. The home locker rooms now have a total of 40 men’s lockers and 46 women’s lockers, which are each 2 feet wide.
Within the team lounge is the nutrition area featuring a kitchen with a snack display, a small island for the team to gather, a refrigerator, and a pantry. The lounge space for both the men’s and women’s programs also includes a sectional sofa and large TV.
Athletes will now have access to an in-ground trampoline, a large spring-floor area for tumbling, rope systems mounted to the ceiling, 3 diving boards above an in-ground foam pit, and 2 diving boards over an above-ground landing mat within the Paup Pavilion’s new dryland space.
They added in-ground hot and cold pools for hydrotherapy and updated the athletic training room as well.