The San Diego Architectural Foundation has awarded a 2017 Orchid for Architecture to the National City Aquatic Center as part of their Orchids & Onions awards program. Located on San Diego Bay’s Pepper Park shoreline, the center was designed to facilitate recreational and educational services for the community. Orchids & Onions jurors described it as “Beautifully detailed and layered with subtle nautical gestures… It’s light, playful and in balance.” Chairman of the Board of San Diego’s Port Commissioners, Marshall Merrifield, stated that “Dreams are made at places like this.”
The Port and the City of National City worked in partnership for years to develop the 5,500 SF aquatic center on Port tidelands. Funded in part by the Port, the National City Aquatic Center helps expand public use of the waterfront, a primary goal of both entities.
See more of the National City Aquatic Center here.