The Hulbert Experience
The Hulbert Aquatic Center is a state-of-the-art swimming facility and one of the best in 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 filter 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 to 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 call Hulbert Aquatic Center home for their boys’ and girls’ swimming and diving teams. Specially designed locker rooms 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 has 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 Eastern 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 Aquatic 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 water safety instructor courses. We are and will continue to be, looking for engaging and innovative ideas to attract both the traditional and nontraditional aquatic enthusiast to Hulbert Aquatic Center.