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Scott Enterprises challenged WMF with creating an indoor water park with a “South Seas” theme. One design challenge was to create a large open building envelope that would house the many aquatic features and allow for a spectacular view of the entire park from an elevated perspective. Critical to the design solution was future expansion and reconfiguration capabilities to adapt to changing consumer expectations. Mimicking a warm climate during the cold Erie winters was critical to achieve the “South Seas” theme.
The water park is comprised of 36,000 GSF of aquatic floor housing 4 body slides, 1 body coaster, 1 tube coaster, a tree house, activity pool, lazy river, adult Jacuzzi and little people activity area. The aquatic area is wrapped by an L-shaped structure that houses an arcade, bar surf shop, banquet room, small restaurant, tanning salon and changing facilities. The open expanse of space in the 77,000 GSF facility was designed using only ten interior columns. The heavy timber glulam structure was a perfect solution that makes for a warm inviting interior, reinforces the “South Seas” theme, and provides an exposed corrosion proof structure. The sloped stepped roof relates to the theme and permitted the height required for the slides. The front elevation boasts a large glass curtain wall with a slide “bursting” through the exterior only to return into the building at a lower level. Over the years WMF has added multiple new attractions and slides, including a new 200,000-gallon wave pool capable of generating waves six feet high in six different patterns was added to the original facility. The glass roof and walls allow for great amounts of daylight and warmth even in the colder months.
Splash Lagoon is routinely ranked as one of the top ten indoor water parks in the United States. Recent rankings include; ranked number 3 by TripSavvy in 2018, ranked number 4 by USA Today Readers’ Choice 2017, and ranked number 7 by TripAdvisor in 2017.