Village of Pleasant Prairie RecPlex Aqua Arena

Pleasant Prairie , Wisconsin

The Village of Pleasant Prairie reached an agreement with Uline, Inc. for the company to provide $8 million towards the construction of a 50-meter long, 2-meter deep, Olympic-sized pool at LakeView RecPlex.  Construction of the pool area completed by September 2009 and no taxpayer dollars were used for the construction or operations of the pool.

The new pool serves the regional community by providing opportunities for expanded swimming lessons, lap swimming, competitions and triathlon training.  The facility accommodates 600 spectators.  The addition allows surrounding businesses to generate additional revenue by providing conveniences to swimmers and their families at events in the facility.

The addition was built on the southwest side of the RecPlex facility.  Green design concepts were incorporated to help lower operating costs, conserve energy, provide a healthier indoor environment, and lessen the facility’s impact on the environment.  The pool was built with a heat transfer technology incorporating a device that can effectively transfer heat from one fluid to another. The heat source for the new pool is Lake Andrea.  The pool also incorporates the UV technology that provides immediate water purification with a reduced dependence on harsh chemicals.  AquaPlex is an added benefit for RecPlex members.

Green features include:

  • Geothermal heat exchange from adjacent Lake Andrea
  • Ultraviolet water treatment system for the pool
  • 30% water use reduction
  • Use of certified wood products
  • Use of low VOC-emitting products
  • 75% recycling of construction waste and debris
  • Indoor air quality management during construction


  • 2010 Midwest Construction Magazine Best of Midwest, Sports/Recreation Category, Award of Merit
  • 2010 The Daily Reporter Top Projects Award
  • 2011 Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin, Build Wisconsin Award
  • 2011 Dream Designs, Aquatics International Competition Facility
  • 2012 American Public Works Association Wisconsin, Project of the Year – Structures: Projects of $5 million to $25 million


  • Size: 42,100 SF
  • Architect: Partners In Design


  • 42,100 SF project with 50-meter Olympic-size pool
  • The pool environment required high quality and corrosive resistant materials.  This included plastic bleacher seating, and plastic lockers around the pool, and toilet partitions for long-life performance in the humid environment
  • Party rooms and spectator seating for 600