The University of Cincinnati opened the Keating Aquatic Center in early 2006. The Keating Aquatics Center is named after Bill Keating, Sr., who was a Bearcats student-athlete (BBA 1950, JD 1950), member of the UC Athletic Hall of Fame, a recipient of the NCAA Silver Anniversary Medal, and a former Chairman of the Board of the University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees.
Part of the $113 million Campus Recreation Center, the natatorium features an eight-lane, 50-meter swimming course with an integrated diving well. The pool contains 12,000 square feet of water surface and includes a moveable bulkhead that will provide a high degree of flexibility in training course configuration.
In March 2013, UC's Campus Recreation Center was ranked the No. 1 most amazing campus student recreation center in America by bestcollegereviews.org.
The Campus Recreation Center, as well as the natatorium, was designed locally by KZF Design, Inc., working with internationally renowned architect Thom Mayne of Morphosis, based out of Santa Monica, Calif. It was built by Turner Construction, and features a leisure pool as well as the varsity pool, a six court gymnasium, locker rooms, recreation offices, a food court, a juice bar overlooking the gym, a study lounge, administrative offices, weight/fitness areas and a climbing wall.