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Hulbert Quatic Center Rendering


Quick Facts

  • Director: Chad Day
  • Facebook: @HACWestFargo
  • Address: 620 7th Ave E.
  • Phone: 701-356-2018
  • Description: The Hulbert Aquatic Center is a state-of-the-art aquatic facility that will open late in 2017. The Hulbert Aquatic Center is home to the 2016 Olympic trials pool that launched Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky and others to the Olympic Games in Rio. Hulbert is also home the Packers and Mustangs’ swim teams.

Hulbert Aquatic Center

The naming is in recognition of the contribution from Steve and Diane Hulbert in memory of their daughter, Heidi Hulbert Rowe (March 22, 1969 – March 30, 2004). Heidi Anne Hulbert began her swimming and diving career in 1981 as a seventh grader under the tutelage of her swim coach and uncle, Don Hulbert. From 1984 to 1987, she swam and dove for Fargo South High School, where she competed at a high level. After high school, she began Division I diving in the Big Eight Conference at Iowa State University where she again competed at the highest level until her graduation in 1991. Her name continues to be listed in the Top Ten all-time ISU divers in both one meter and three-meter competition.

Behind her beautiful smile and bubbly personality was a team leader with a bold and fierce competitive heart. As a child diabetic, Heidi courageously fought through many difficulties and became a strong role model for all who knew her. The three generations of Hulbert family competitive swimmers and divers are proud to honor her legacy as someone who battled to overcome adversity, and who refused to give up in her pursuit of high goals.

What to Expect

The Hulbert Aquatic Center will be a state-of-the-art swimming facility and one of the best west of the Upper Midwest. The facility will be equipped with some of the most advanced equipment in the industry, including Neptune Benson’s Defender® Filtration system. This is not a traditional sand filter that requires hours of backwashing a month and can waste millions of gallons of water a year; the Defender® is a regenerative media filter. Instead of discharging thousands of gallons of water a minute to clean the filter, the Defender® has a self-contained cleaning process that does not discharge water on a daily basis. In addition to saving water, the Defender® takes up much less space, uses much less electricity, and has significantly superior filtration capabilities. The Defender® can filter down to 1 micron, compared to traditional sand filters that only down to about 25-50 microns.

In addition to first class filtration, the Hulbert Aquatic Center will be equipped with ETS Ultra Violet Water Treatment Systems. This system is designed effectively kill common waterborne and chlorine-resistant contaminants such as Cryptosporidium and Giardia. Additional benefits of UV include improved water and air quality, which is achieved by the UV’s ability to constantly kill chloramines (the bad chlorine in the water and air).

The Hulbert Aquatic Center was also designed to allow spectators an enjoyable experience while attending aquatic events. The facility has molded seating and a capacity for approximately 1,100 spectators and over 600 athletes. This includes several spaces that are fully ADA-compliant, and offer restrooms on both the floor level and spectator level. Spectators will get the full experience of events with a full color 11x20’ video board in the competition arena and another in the warm-up pool area. Both will also be fully integrated with a state-of-the-art Colorado Timing System. The two boards will allow spectators to view results and highlights from any seat in the facility.

The new facility will accommodate the district’s needs, as well as those of the community and beyond. Both the West Fargo High School Packers and the Sheyenne High School Mustangs will call Hulbert Aquatic Center the home for their boys’ and girls’ swimming and diving teams. Specially designed locker rooms will allow the teams a secure place to keep their gear, as well as provide a place for team meetings. Beyond athletic space, the aquatic center will have classroom space for classes and meetings. The one large classroom has been designed so that it can also be divided into two smaller classrooms, accommodating multiple needs and events. Additional highlights of the space include a large concession area, family locker rooms, and an observation room overlooking the lesson pool.

West Fargo Public Schools is joining the bid process to host meets for the East Dakota Conference, North Dakota High School Activities Association, USA Central Zone, and universities. We will continue to seek and recruit other regional and national events to showcase our world-class swimming venue.

The Hulbert Aquatics Center will offer outstanding swimming lessons provided by certified American Red Cross instructors. The new facility will allow the district to offer new lessons and programming such as diving classes, open lap swim, recreational swim, lifeguard classes, and waster safety instructor courses. We are, and will continue to be, looking for engaging and innovate ideas to attract both the traditional and nontraditional aquatic enthusiast to Hulbert Aquatic Center

Facility Features

  • 54 meters long by 25 yards wide Competition pool
  • Accommodate 20 plus lanes of swimming
  • 9 different competitive configurations
  • Can accommodate both short course and long course competition
  • Pool will range from 7ft to 14.5ft in depth
  • 6 regulation diving boards,
  • 4-1m boards
  • 2-3m boards
  • The diving area will also be equipped with infrared wall mounted heaters to ensure diver safety and comfort.
  • Dedicated High School Varsity Locker Rooms with heated floors
  • 25 yard 6 lane warm water teaching pool
  • Dryland diving and training room
  • Seating for approximately 1100 spectators
  • Seating for approximately 600 athletes
  • State of the art timing system
  • 11’ x 20’ Video Scoreboards

Director Hulbert Aquatic Center: Chad O. Day

Mr. Day is originally from Cookeville, Tennessee, a small city on the edge of the Cumberland Plateau and home of Tennessee Tech University. He attended Cookeville High School where he swam competitively. As a swimmer, Chad helped lead his team to two district championships with one undefeated season, and qualified for the Tennessee State Championships three of his four years. After graduating from Cookeville High School, Chad was hired to coach the local YMCA swim club and was named head swim coach.

Chad completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science at Tennessee Tech University in Political Science. He then attended classes at the Nashville School of Law while working full-time as the YMCA Aquatics Director in Nashville, TN. After three semesters in Law School Chad, decided he wanted to stay in a career that he loved: aquatics. Chad has continued to work in the aquatic industry as he has obtained a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and is completing his PhD in Public Administration and Public Policy through Auburn University.

Mr. Day’s expertise comes from two decades of employment in the industry and his own unique experiences as a swimmer. Chad has worked in a variety of swimming facilities from privately owned and operated swimming pools to large university aquatic facilities. He has been certified by many different agencies in various aquatic certifications, including: American Red Cross, Boy Scouts of America, YMCA of USA, Ellis and Associates, National Swimming Pool Foundation, and SCUBA Schools International. Many of these same organizations have awarded Chad an instructor certificate or higher degree.

Chad comes to the Hulbert Aquatic Center during the construction phase in an effort to assist with the planning, monitoring, and implementation processes and to ensure the facility opens ready for West Fargo Public Schools athletic teams and the West Fargo community. Chad is no stranger to pool construction; he assisted with the construction and opening phases of the recreational aquatic facilities at Columbus State University in Georgia and Auburn University in Alabama.