Every so often, it’s necessary for club operators to renovate certain areas of their facilities to remain up-to-date and ensure a premium member experience. In this article series, we highlight a number of dramatic gym transformations, including why updates were needed, learning lessons and advice for club operators pursuing similar projects.
Here, Paula Neubert, the president and general manager of Club Greenwood, shares insights into the club’s outdoor pool renovation, including the impact of the project.
CS: Why was the renovation needed — what were the goals?
PN: We were running out of lane space in our indoor 25-meter pool. In considering all of our options, we wanted to build something unique and special. An outdoor lap pool, open year-round in Colorado, was the goal. In addition, we wanted to create a resort-like setting by adding a splash pool for kids and an adult leisure pool.
CS: What were the biggest challenges with the project, and how were those challenges overcome?
PN: A few challenges included:
We overcame the challenges by:
CS: What were the biggest learning lessons from this project?
PN: You never know what an inspector is going to make you do to complete the project, so try and think of everything ahead of time and be flexible with a contingency budget.
CS: Is there any advice you can share with other operators pursuing a similar project?
PN: Feel free to contact us if you are thinking of building a similar project. It has been a huge success for us. Our membership has grown, our competitive youth swim team has grown, and our Masters swim team has grown (two-time state champions). If we could do it all over again, the only change we would make would be to figure out how to make the lap pool a 50-meter outdoor pool open year-round.