After an extensive series of renovations, the Mojave Air and Space Port’s Pool Building on Poole Street (no relation) has begun hosting events. Last week, it played host to a team of wranglers taking a group of 100 mules through Antelope Valley to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Los Angeles Aqueduct. (The mules stayed outside.)
The Pool Building was used for training aviators when the spaceport was a military base. Pilots were trained in a swimming pool in how to egress from their aircraft in the event of an unscheduled water landing.
The pool was filled in long ago, lying buried under the concrete floor. The spaceport has renovated the old building as a community center to host all-hands meetings by tenants and other activities.
During the renovation, workers found the signatures of aviators on the wooden support beams that hold up the roof.
Officials decided to renovate the building because neither the spaceport nor the town has any structures where large groups can gather. The building adds value to locating businesses at the desert spaceport.
Officials have been exploring locating a health club in part of the structure for use by tenants and selling the naming rights to the building.