University of Iowa to Install Kiefer Starting Platforms and Racing Lanes in its New, State-of-the-art Recreation Center

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As the University of Iowa prepares for the grand opening of the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center, Adolph Kiefer and Associates, Inc. puts the finishing touches on the natatorium’s custom starting platforms, racing lanes, water polo course markings, and backstroke flags.

University of Iowa Custom Starting Platform

I was blown away when I saw the facility in person. Before then, I had seen the sketches and was impressed. But, it wasn't until I stepped foot on the site that I gained a true appreciation for this facility's architecture.

In June 2010, the new Campus Recreation and Wellness Center (CRWC) at the University of Iowa, which boasts 20,000 square feet of fitness space over three levels, will install in its 50-meter competitive swimming pool, swimming equipment designed and manufactured by Adolph Kiefer and Associates, Inc. The Midwest natatorium will feature seventeen custom designed Kiefer starting platforms, Kiefer Wave Eater II racing lanes and storage reels, Kiefer Advantage I water polo course markings and Kiefer vinyl backstroke flags customized with the Hawkeye logo and colors.

Marc Long, head coach for the University of Iowa swimming team, explains that the decision to choose Kiefer for their pool equipment was based on the starting platforms. “We were looking for the most advanced, stable, and elite starting platform on the market. I immediately liked the design and overall look of the product. These starting platforms enhance our ability to host major competitions as we prepare to open one of the fastest pools in the country.”

The starting platform was custom designed to accommodate the specific needs of CRWC. In addition to offering superior stability, a wide base conceals and functions with the pool’s timing equipment. Four movable plates allow for easy access. To provide the best possible corrosion resistance, the swim platform was fabricated with 316 stainless steel and powder coated. Finally, the platform is adorned with the Hawkeye logo prominently displayed on the backstroke bar and boasts an inlaid University of Iowa deck logo on the non-skid surface.

Coach Long describes his experience working with Kiefer. “We asked for some unique features to our starting platforms, including concealing most of the timing system deck plates and connections. Plus, we wanted the flexibility to add hand grip starts and custom RJP’s. Their design team took all of our suggestions and came back with a truly outstanding design. They understand the needs of advanced competitive swimming.”

In addition to the Kiefer starting platforms, the CRWC competitive pool will feature black and gold Kiefer Wave Eater II racing lanes. Measuring almost six inches in diameter, these large wave-quelling floats are designed for high-end competition and have been used in events such as the Olympics and many national championships. Furthermore, the university’s water polo course will utilize Kiefer Advantage I course markings. According to Kiefer, the Advantage I lane lines have become their most popular product for water polo, high school competition, senior recreation and lap swimming. Finally, the pool will be displaying black and gold vinyl backstroke flags customized with the Hawkeye logo and using Kiefer’s Wave Eater Eater storage reels for the racing lanes.

Although Kiefer has been providing aquatic facilities with competitive swimming equipment for over 63 years, this project has special significance to Kiefer. According to David Gatz, Kiefer’s Commercial Equipment Designer who first visited the construction site of the wellness center in the Fall of 2009, the magnitude of this facility makes it a prime candidate for dotting the Kiefer historical timeline. “I was blown away when I saw the facility in person. Before then, I had seen the sketches and was impressed. But, it wasn’t until I stepped foot on the site that I gained a true appreciation for this facility’s architecture.”

About Adolph Kiefer & Associates:
Gold medalist Olympic swimmer Adolph Kiefer founded Adolph Kiefer & Associates in 1947. As the official aquatics supplier to the 1948 U.S. Olympic Swim Team, the company introduced the first nylon swimsuit as a lightweight alternative to wool and cotton suits and a cost alternative to the silk suits of the time. Since then, Kiefer has provided the swim community with many innovative aquatic performance and safety products including the original Wave Eater racing lane, fully customizable starting platforms, lifeguard equipment and apparel, and a complete line of competitive swimwear and goggles. Today, Mr. Kiefer continues to dedicate his life to helping swimmers of all ages and abilities. The company sponsors a full calendar of competitive swimming events and is a top competitive swim team supplier. For more information about Adolph Kiefer & Associates, visit


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