Levine Jewish Community Center


The Recreation Complex at the Levine Jewish Community Center in Charlotte is a popular facility with state-of-the-art features.  The building had a major renovation and expansion in recent years. However, the six-lane indoor pool was built in the 1980’s, and is one of the most heavily used pools in Charlotte.  Its air system is high up in the ceiling, creating a short circuit effect – almost no air flow where the people are.  Needless to say, the air quality was an issue.

When developing a solution for this project, we had a dilemma to overcome: there was no available deck space.  In fact, the pool had less than the required five feet of deck space, per North Carolina code (it was grandfathered in).  So we got creative.

With pencil and paper we sketched up a system that could solve both problems at once; the result was the first “Above-Gutter” Evacuator.  The Evacuator is made of 316L stainless steel, and is built right over the original Paddock Gutter.  It not only captures chloramines – it adds nine inches of walkable deck space, making the pool compliant with NC code.

This system is a breakthrough for us, as it opens up an entirely new realm of possibility.  We can apply this solution to many facilities that have space limitations and other challenges.  It required expert construction, but it was worth it.  When you see the JCC’s Evacuator, you will understand why we are so proud of it.



Phil Berman

The Levine JCC has the first-of-its-kind above gutter’ Evacuator.  The Evacuator was installed during a renovation of the pool area which included painting and resurfacing the pool walls, so the patrons at the JCC enjoy a new looking pool with greatly improved air quality.

“The Levine JCC is very happy with the installation of the Evacuator in our indoor pool. The improved air quality has made a substantial and immediate difference to the pool environment and our members are extremely pleased with the enhancements.  The Evacuator is definitely worth the investment.” – Phil Berman, CEO, Levine JCC

Utilized System Partners:

Paddock Construction Company