Combat Training Pool

Combat Training Pool


Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, SC

1998 Merit Award, SC. AIA

1998 South Carolina Brick Association Award

1997 Design Award, Naval facilities Engineering Command


This aquatic center is primarily used for training Marine recruits. After hours, military personnel and their dependents may use the pool for recreational swimming. In addition to the pool itself the building houses support facilities, offices and a classroom. Like most of the other buildings on this remote South Carolina Island it is composed of standard red brick but with its roman arches, dark accent brick, colored jointing and classical styling it adds a little flair to boot camp.

The entrance facade is flanked by stair towers. The side elevation are given impact and scale through the rhythm of the arched openings and by brick pilasters. Above the windows the bays are enriched with corbelled brick courses.

The large interior space containing the pool receives daylight through the arched window openings and through clerestory lights at the apex of the roof. The roof is supported by three hinged steel arches as seen from the pool the support spaces seem to be contained in an independent structure within the larger enclosure.