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The Georgia Tech Campus Recreation Center
(abbreviated CRC, formerly known as the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center and the Georgia Tech Student
Athletic Center) is part of the Georgia Tech campus.==History==Georgia Tech’s athletic center began at its
current location in 1977 as the Student Athletic Center, or SAC. Later, Georgia Tech was chosen as the site
of the 1996 Summer Olympics aquatic venue, and the Aquatic Center was constructed next
to the SAC. The Aquatic Center cost $16,800,000, and featured
competitions in swimming, synchronized swimming, diving, water polo, and the swimming segment
of the modern pentathlon competition. The stadium had a capacity of 14,600 at the
time. It also had a temporary pool for the water
polo competitions seating 4,000. After the games, it has been used as a recreational
facility for Georgia Tech students and faculty. Initially an outdoor stadium with a roof to
protect spectators and competitors from rain, the Aquatic Center was renovated between 2001
and 2003 to enclose the Center completely. The seating capacity was reduced to 1,950. Above the Olympic pool, an upper floor of
multi-purpose courts was added by suspending it from the roof; this set a record for the
world’s largest suspended concrete structure. At this point it was renamed to the Campus
Recreation Center, or CRC. The SAC also had a smaller recreational pool
outdoors, which was contained in a pressurized bubble. During the conversion to the CRC, the pool
was redesigned to be larger, and was enclosed and fully connected to the rest of the facility.==Technology==The Campus Recreation Center is a very modern
building in many ways. The roof over the competition pool is entirely
covered in Georgia Tech Research Institute-designed solar panels, which produce electricity (up
to 340 kilowatts, averaging about 400 megawatt-hours per year) to supplement the Georgia Tech power
grid, and also heat pool water which is pumped through pipes in the roof.The competition
pool is configurable for any event, with a removable bulkhead in the middle of the pool,
and a false bottom that can be used to adjust the depth and slope of the pool. In addition to the competition pool, the CRC’s
recreational pool has six recreational lap lanes, a current channel, and a 184-foot-long
(56 m) water slide

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