Michael Phelps competes at King County Aquatic Center:
"It's here where I started"


Michael Phelps recalls his first national meet, at 15 years of age, in the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, WA. "Six months after that I made my first Olympic team,” he told the Seattle Times on Dec. 3, 2015. “It was kind of here where I started, really. After I swam 1:59 here, that’s when everything kind of took off. I’ve enjoyed this pool.” On the opening night of the 2015 AT&T Winter National Championship, Michael Phelps won the 200-meter individual medley at 1.57.61 (video above: Phelps in lane 4).

IAQuatics team at KCAC Winter Natl Championships

Scott Hanken of Willdan's IAQuatics tech team is on site at KCAC to ensure the airflow and air quality of the facility are at peak performance for this weekend's AT&T Winter National Championships.

At full capacity, the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center has housed up to 50 employees, 1,000 swimmers and 2,500 spectators. Previously, aging and ineffective HVAC systems were aggravating an issue with build-up of chloramines and carbon dioxide on the pool surface during periods of heavy use. High performance swimmers are particularly vulnerable to air quality issues (Swimmers' Health).

Willdan’s innovative engineering solution focused on fixing the air distribution. Project details: "A Pool Fit for an Olympian".