Maize Performing Arts & Aquatic Center

The Maize Performing Arts and Aquatics Center was envisioned as an unusual hybrid building containing both a competitive swimming facility and a performing arts venue serving the entire USD 266 District. Schaefer Architecture had to overcome these challenges by combining the architecture and engineering of two disparate building types all while overcoming public perception that these two things don’t go together.

Completed in January of 2022, the final design combined the three main pool components that were needed. The decision to combine the lap pool and body of water eliminated the need for separate pool equipment for each of these functions. This resulted in a lower initial cost and saving for the district in future operations and maintenance dollars. Also included in the Schaefer design is a shallow pool with ramped entrance, swim team locker rooms, coaches offices, and private shower and changing rooms for staff and special needs students.