East Oakland Sports Center
Year in Showcase: 2012
The East Oakland Sports Center boasts one of the few recreational natatoriums in the country for underserved populations, and it is one of the few that is municipally owned and operated in California. Its extremely economical, sustainable design maximizes operating efficiencies and serves as a model for other underserved communities.
To bring costs down, immediate attention was given to those elements that were most relevant to the community. This first phase includes a natatorium with an indoor leisure pool, a dance/aerobics studio, a fitness center, locker rooms and a lobby. Future phases will see the addition of soccer and baseball fields, as well as a two-court gymnasium with a suspended running track and a competition pool.
The design showcases its programmatic elements with highly transparent volumes, providing glimpses of the activities within to invite people inside. Extensive glazing maximizes daylighting and views; at night, the natatorium glows and serves as a beacon of community pride. The lobby is the building's focal point, with entries on both sides so users can move easily from the facility to Edes Avenue or the sport fields.
Architect of Record: ELS Architecture and Urban Design; Berkeley, Calif.
Aquatic Design Engineer: Aquatic Design Group; Carlsbad, Calif.
Programming Consultant: The Sports Management Group; Berkeley, Calif.
Construction Cost: $18 million
Square Feet: 25,000
Occupancy: July 2011
Access Ramps/Stairs: Paragon Aquatics, Div. Of Pentair
Cardiovascular Equipment: Sportsart Fitness
Cardiovascular Equipment: Star Trac
Chemical Control Systems: Siemens Water Technologies
Covers: T-Star Enterprises
Dehumidifiers: Desert Aire Corp.
Filtration Systems: Nemato Corp.
Connor Sports Flooring
Flooring, Fitness Center:
Free-Weight Equipment: Star Trac
Gutters: Lawson Aquatics Inc.
Heaters: Lochinvar Corp.
Ladders/Grab Bars: Paragon Aquatics, Div. Of Pentair
Lane Markers: Antiwave Pool Products
Natatorium Ceiling Fans:
Big Ass Fans
Shower/Toilet Partitions: Bobrick Washroom Equipment Inc.
Solar Therman: Suntrek Industries
Strength Equipment: Star Trac
Swimsuit Extractors: Extractor Corp.
Water Play Features: Vortex Aquatic Structures Int'l Inc.