San Solomon Pool Repairs, Balmorhea State Park

Texas Parks & Wildlife

JQ provided structural engineering services for repairs of the world’s largest spring fed swimming pool, San Solomon Pool within Balmorhea State Park. Originally constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, the pool maintains a natural soil and rock bottom with perimeter partial depth concrete walls and surrounding concrete terrace.  During routine annual maintenance which partially lowers water levels within the pool, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) staff discovered the east pool wall at the deepest end of the pool had failed in the area supporting the diving platform and surrounding pool deck. Our structural scope included investigation of the failure to determine cause and extent, and ultimately the replacement of the existing terrace slab, walls and foundations forming the eastern wall of the pool.

Location: Toyahvale, TX
Size: 25-feet deep, 1.3 acres, 3.5 million gallons
Services: Structural, Facilities Performance
Cost: $1,700,000