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Sun N Fun Lifestyle Wellness Center

Sarasota, FL United States

Carlson Studio Architecture


Project Description

This 18,000 SF facility was designed for a local resort looking to provide new services to attract the baby boomer generation of residents. The building is comprised of a therapy spa, a 25 meter indoor pool, exercise rooms that overlook the pool from the second floor, along with an upstairs aerobics room, steam & sauna rooms, locker rooms and access to adjacent exterior spas and pools.

The projects goal was to connect to the existing pool and create an “open” feeling by taking advantage of views to the east. Full glass facades on the east and north provide large amounts of natural light and views outside. In order to provide a physical connection to the exterior, three 20’ sections of the eastern facade accordion open allowing the pool deck to extend outside on pleasant days.

The sustainably minded client required the pool building to be healthy & energy efficient, to this end the building utilizes large overhangs on the south side to shade the against the harsh Florida sun. Additional “green” systems include a 10,000 gallon cistern, a state of the art cooling system and lights which are controlled by occupancy and daylight sensors, provide the right amount of light when needed. The LEED seeking project also has an insulated concrete form (ICF) wall system & triple glazed windows provide to a highly insulated envelope. Low & no VOC finishes were used throughout as well as high recycled content containing materials.


Project Details

Sun N Fun Lifestyle Wellness Center
Project Team:
    Michael Carlson, AIA, LEED AP; Jedd Heap, AIA, LEED AP
  • Mechanical Engineer: Stewart Engineering 
  • Structural Engineer: Hees & Assocaites 
  • Construction Manager: Creative Contractors 
  • Civil Engineer: AM Engineering 
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    18,000 sq ft
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