UNISANTA Pool Roof

Santos, Brazil

2018

Shortlisted – Industry Award

The existing roof of this high performance aquatics training facility in the seaside town of Santos, near Sao Paulo, had deteriorated and needed replacement. A new retractable roof was needed to integrate durability, safety and modernity to cover a 60m long pool with a roof coverage with an area of approximately 1800 m2.

The entire structure was designed to be hot dip galvanized – with a bolted design and avoiding welding on site. This design was able to satisfy the objective of a life of 40-years in a highly corrosive environment near the sea and with a heated pool.

The choice of hot dip galvanizing also provided a reduction in maintenance costs and greater safety for pool users with a reported cost of galvanizing that was less than 5% of the construction costs.