1996 Olympic Facilities

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Before the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, Atlanta built a monumental aquatics center on Georgia Tech's campus that is now known as Georgia Tech's Campus Recreation Center. The center is a construction and technological marvel that is appreciated by the 1996 Olympics and current students and faculty of Georgia Tech.


1996 Olympics' Aquatic Center

The 1996 Olympics' Aquatic Center, which is now known as Georgia Tech's Campus Recreation Center [1] (CRC) was used in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic games as the official pool for aquatic events. This building has contributed greatly to the historic and current amenities to Georgia Tech's campus. The building used as the Aquatics center for the Olympics is now the main recreation center for Georgia Tech's students. After the Olympics, the building was renovated to accommodate a wide variety of activities that is available to all students. On the lower level in the first section there is a workout facility equipped with a wide variety of fitness machines and weights. A rock climbing wall, locker rooms, and raquet ball courts are also available to use equipment that can be checked out. In another section of the recreation center, the original aquatics center contains the Olympic pool and the Olympic diving pool. The Olympic rings still is located on the back wall of the facility. The recreation center also supplies its students with a second pool, which is equipped with a lazy river, water slide, and hot tubs. The Campus Recreation center also houses a floor where basketball, hockey, indoor soccer, indoor track, and other physical activities can be played. Georgia Tech's Campus Recreation Center has a variety of athletics available to help keep its students and athletes in shape.[citation needed]


While the committee was building the Olympic aquatic center, they installed an electric meter [2] in the center, and once the Olympics concluded, they replaced it with a more advanced model leaving Georgia Tech to benefit from the exchange. The electric meter was installed to monitor the voltage of electricity being used through the Aquatic Center during the venues. The new meter that was installed was more advanced that allow personnel to read and control it remotely from a transformer. The building of this aquatics center was truly important to Georgia Tech and Atlanta in the sense that it housed a event in which people from all over the world came to see it. Thanks to this world class facility, people traveled thousands of miles to Atlanta to view the Olympics and the activities that took place within it allowed Atlanta to expose itself to a much bigger tourist crowd and a lot more exposure for the college. The Olympic aquatic center also helped Georgia Tech gain a state of the art aquatic center at the conclusion of the Olympic games. Since the Olympics, the Aquatics center has gotten a huge amount of use as being Georgia Tech's Campus Recreation Center. Daily, thousands of members of the Georgia Tech community get use the center.[citation needed]

Contributions to Georgia Tech

The aquatics center has changed over its course of time at Georgia Tech and eventually evolved into the Campus Recreation Center. The aquatics center started just as a pool and specific activities that were necessary for the Olympics but over time it evolved into a university recreation center and more features were added. The weight room and sport's courts were added for use by the general student population and the other aspects of the recreation center such as the Olympic pool are now used regularly for swimming and diving practices as well as other events. The Olypimcs' aquatic center, now known as the Campus Recreation Center has added an immense amount of positive character to Georgia Tech's campus that the students as well as the school appreciates and is enthused to show off.[citation needed]

Georgia Tech CRC Roof Panels

Energy project

Since the Olympics ended, several experimental changes have been made to the Campus Recreation Center. Most notably, on top of the aquatics center, just after the Olympics ended, the largest rooftop, solar-powered energy system was built in the country back then. On top of the aquatics portion of the recreation center they installed several solar panels and connected them to a power grid to launch one of the country's biggest solar energy projects. The solar array occupies three-fourths of an acre above the ninety-five foot high aquatics center. The solar array has been very efficient in saving Georgia Tech money and creates enough energy yearly to power thirty-five homes. [3]


  1. Georgia Tech Campus Recreation Center. (28 September 2010). In Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved September, 2010 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgia_Tech_CRC
  2. Source Summary:Olympics-Aquatics Center, 1996. (28 September 2010). In "Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia." Retrieved September, 2010 from http://buzzpedia.lcc.gatech.edu/wiki/index.php/Source_Summary:Olympics-Aquatics_Center,_1996
  3. Legacy of the 1996 Olympics. (3 October 2010). In Georgia Tech Research News. Retrieved October, 2010 from http://gtresearchnews.gatech.edu/newsrelease/AQUATIC.html

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