Stetson University holds ribbon-cutting ceremony for CPPI-built aquatic center

March 12, 2019

DeLand, Fla. – On February 14th, Stetson University held a ribbon cutting to officially open the Sandra Stetson Aquatic Center. Located seven miles from the university’s main campus on the banks of Lake Beresford, the two-story, 110,000 square foot building holds classrooms as well as storage for a variety of boats, devoting space to environmental research and the university’s rowing program.

The facility was designed by Preston T. Phillips Architect and Amore Engineering, Inc. The majority of the center is constructed from concrete, with a metal roof that is meant to resemble a ship’s hull.

In keeping with the environmental research that will take place at the Aquatic Center, the building is expected to earn a Green Globe certification, signifying it as a building constructed with sustainability and low environmental impact in mind. The roof is made of recyclable metal, and a portion of the wood used in construction was reclaimed from the St. Johns River.

Much of the building’s grounds will be open to the public, including several trails, a boardwalk that leads to the lake’s edge, and a kayak launch, allowing local residents to be exposed to ecological, cultural, historical, and recreational facilities.


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