Fort Lauderdale Approves $90M Swimming Hall of Fame By Arquitectonica

Fort Lauderdale commissioners voted last week to approve a plan for a $90 million renovation and expansion of the International Swimming Hall of Fame, according to the Sun Sentinel.

Hall of Fame Partners, a partnership between Capital Group P3 and Hensel Phelps Construction Co., submitted the unsolicited proposal.

Hensel Phelps is the contractor currently overseeing a $47 million renovation of the adjacent Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Center. Completion of that project is expected soon.

The aquatic center will have its own unique feature: an 89-foot dive tower, the tallest in the western hemisphere.

At the Swimming Hall of Fame, two new towers would be built: a 5-story, 105-foot tall museum tower on the west side of the peninsula, and a 94-foot tall welcome center building on the east side. Two smaller buildings would be demolished.

The new development will include a ballroom with a rooftop restaurant, a covered teaching pool, and 20,000 square feet of museum space.

There will also be a cafe, office, and commercial space.

Fort Lauderdale will contribute the land, guarantee a loan, and provide $5 million in funding over a 30-year term.

Last weeks vote was preliminary, and a final vote on the deal is expected in months.

However, if the city ultimately rejects the plans, it would need to reimburse the developer for $2.4 million in pre-development costs. The existing buildings are also aging and would need millions in repairs.

Arquitectonica is the architect.

 

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Anonymous
1 month ago

In preparation for a future Olympic bid?🤞

Melo is sigma and Chad
1 month ago

With the soccer stadium coming, I’m sure south Florida will try to get the Olympics here.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Well they dabbled with the idea suggesting last summer’s games be moved here, but unlike Japan and Tokyo, incompetent people are running preparations for the next Summer Olympic games scheduled for Paris and Los Angeles.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Very cool! Nice project for Laudy.

Anonymous
1 month ago

It’s a beaut!

Anonymous
1 month ago

¡Que cute!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Gorgeous project.
Could this be a break from Architectonica’s creative block???

Anonymous
1 month ago

No, Arquitectonica will design another “block” with juxtaposed balconies and call it “creative” and a game changer.

Anonymous
29 days ago

I am a long time swimmer and Floridian. It seems like Fort Lauderdale is spending way too much money on frivolous things. Especially building underground 3 mile transportation tunnels. They need to put that money into affordable housing because the rent prices keep going up too much every year, so much its hard to live!

Anonymous
1 month ago

The “SWIM” and “DIVE” words are kinda corny, but I otherwise love the design!

Anonymous
1 month ago

No, it’s encouraging you to swim and stay active. It’s the hall of fame of course they want to encourage their only means of income

Anonymous
1 month ago

I suppose I accept that as a valid reason. I think it’s just that I’d prefer a less … direct and perhaps more creative/artistic way of conveying the same thing—maybe a stylized silhouette of a diver or swimmer or something that will age better. Maybe it’ll grow on me. I’m optimistic.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Looks great, get it done!

Anonymous
1 month ago

TBH, better than that giant vacuum cleaner attachment proposed for Biscayne Boulevard which thankfully is dead.

Anonymous
29 days ago

lol…

1987
29 days ago

Isnt the existing building a Historic Registered building? As I grew up in South Florida from the 60s….. I remember that existing building being one of the best examples of architecture. Shame if the existing is being torn down.

Anonymous
29 days ago

Just curious. Has anyone gone to the current museum… ever?

Anonymous
26 days ago

Yes!! Several times

Anonymous
29 days ago

This project reminds me the one that was proposed for North Beach with the pool over the garage:

https://www.thenextmiami.com/three-groups-are-proposing-to-build-a-72nd-street-community-complex-in-miami-beach/

Every time Miami says no to a project, it goes to Fort Lauderdale to be built. Similar to the Elon Musk tunnel.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Hall of fame only has 3 small pools

Anonymous
1 month ago

They should expand the metro mover to this pool lol

Shawn Kouri
1 month ago

Wow that is really nice. How do you even get your picture taken in front of all those letters.?

Anonymous
1 month ago

You don’t

Anonymous
1 month ago

But won’t give retirees a cola .

Anonymous
1 month ago

Do research before commenting nonsense:

Approximately 70 million Americans will see a 5.9% increase in their Social Security benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments in 2022.

Anonymous
29 days ago

Won’t give city retirees a cola.

nomorebrowardnews
1 month ago

BROWARD BOOOO BRO WARD BO OOO

bro bro
1 month ago

looking at map of miami dade county and unable to find this place

Anonymous
1 month ago

This is the next MIAMI!

Cap
1 month ago

I came down here to the bottom to find this comment for a good laugh! There is always that one comment every time an article like this happens.

Anonymous
1 month ago

and yet these articles happen on a site called the next Miami…

Anonymous
1 month ago

Is there a The Next Broward?

Anonymous
1 month ago

The Next Stupid Comment right on cue

Alex
1 month ago

Everyone knows that Broward and Palm Beach Counties are considered “Metropolitan” Miami.

Anonymous
1 month ago

So tacky. Very Ft. Lauderdale

Anonymous
1 month ago

Please define “very Miami” then, because I wouldn’t mind seeing this instead of that Fairholme monstrosity.