The Wasilla and Palmer Pools, built in the early 1980s, needed major renovations and upgrades by 2013. Architects Alaska was hired to conduct condition surveys of the facilities, recommend upgrades and repairs, and obtain public input on desired services. They presented multiple options to the Borough Assembly, pool user groups, and the public for upgrading the pools. Architects Alaska and their team were selected to provide design, bidding, and contract administration services for the pool improvements, which were split into two projects for each pool. The work on the Wasilla Pool was completed first, with the remaining funds used to set the budget for the Palmer Pool improvements.
The public selected a level of renovation that included replacing the pools and equipment at both facilities to allow for high school competitions, increasing recreational use, and complying with accessibility standards. The lobby, check-in desk, and locker rooms underwent major remodels, with private showers replacing gang showers, and new, enlarged spas complying with accessibility standards. Heating and electrical service were separated from the high schools at each pool, requiring new utility services, HVAC systems, and electrical services. Lighting upgrades included new LED and multi-light level systems in the natatorium, and exterior improvements included complete tear-off and replacement of roofing systems, new public entries, and additions to accommodate new mechanical equipment. Several public meetings were held to obtain input from stakeholders, pool users, and the Borough Assembly, which was used to fine-tune the design of each facility.