SMU Robson & Lindley Aquatics Center Earns LEED Gold Certification

  • Jan 16, 2018

Southern Methodist University’s Robson & Lindley Aquatics Center earned LEED Gold Certification.

The aquatics center, which opened in November of 2017, features an indoor Olympic 50-meter, 8-lane pool with springboards and diving platforms. Beck was the construction manager and sustainability consultant for the 42,000 SF facility.

LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a building certification program sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices.

The Robson & Lindley Aquatics Center has locker rooms, meeting and classroom space, a VIP lounge, coaches’ offices and public areas. Spectator seating for 800 is available on the mezzanine level. The center is home to SMU’s international championship swimming and diving programs. It is also available for community use and swim lessons.

The following features helped achieve LEED Gold:

  • Reducing energy use by 31% overall
  • Water-use reduction of 36%
  • Diverting 90% of the site’s construction waste
  • Achieving 27% recycled content in building materials
  • Using 24% of regional materials in construction
  • The location is within walking distance of at least 10 basic services
  • Preferred parking spaces for anyone driving a low-emitting vehicle

To learn more about what helped this project achieve LEED Gold, visit the facility’s project page on