Facilities of Merit 2010: Erin J. Lastinger Athletics Complex Chapman University

Erin J. Lastinger Athletics Complex Chapman University

Orange, Calif.
Year in Showcase: 2010

Project Description

Part of a larger master-planning effort designed to meet the evolving needs of Chapman University’s athletic department and campus population, Erin J. Lastinger Athletics Complex is a dynamic hybrid structure combining a football stadium and an aquatics center. The complex maximizes available square footage on a limited site, achieves economic and programmatic savings, and powerfully anchors the university’s athletic, recreation and outdoor programs.

Utilizing the campus palette of materials (custom brick and color blend, warm-colored painted plaster), the new athletic facility sits in harmony with the campus yet distinguishes itself by varying the brick colors and pattern, creating something new rather than simply mimicking the adjacent buildings. The exterior design reflects the facility’s dual use — brick masonry on the field-side elevation reflects strength, permanence and campus integration, whereas the aquatic side uses warm, neutral colored plaster that minimizes glare and enhances the pool area.

Bright, vibrant accent colors highlight the interior spaces without overwhelming them. A brick wall flows through the main corridor, integrating the exterior with the interior. Interior finishes were specified to achieve a beautiful, exciting environment, and since durability and life-cycle costs were equally important, sealed concrete floors were specified at the locker rooms and field-side entries to withstand high use. Natural lighting illuminates permanently occupied interior areas as much as possible.


Judge's Comments

A clever space-saving solution that honors the unique programmatic and athletic requirements of two separate venues. Building massing and materials knit together well to create a unified exterior, while still giving each venue its own identity.
— Craig Bouck

The architects did a wonderful job of solving a very complex design problem in a very simple, elegant way.
—Nate Appleman

Upon greater review, the complexity of the planning issues became apparent. The design solution was executed well, considering the parking deck below the field. The stadium terrace, providing views to both the pool and field, weaves the two facilities compositionally.
— Bill McCullough


Project Details

Architect: Cannon Design; Los Angeles, Calif.
Aquatic Design Engineer: Rowley International; Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.
Seating Capacity: 2,000 (stadium); 600 (aquatics)
Construction Cost: $25.3 million
Square Feet: 47,300
Occupancy: June 2008

Assessment & Monitoring Equipment: Fitness equipment is provided by the Owner.

Audio Visual/Acoustical Engineer: Veneklasen Associates

Bleachers/Grandstands: Irwin Seating Co. (Centurion II Low Rise Mount)

Civil Engineer (Owner's Consultant): Development Resource Consultants

Elevator Consultant: Syska Hennessy Group

Fire Life Safety: Schirmer Engineering Corp.

Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.

Landscape Owner's Consultant): EDAW, Inc.

Lighting: Musco Lighting

Lighting Design: Lighting Design Alliance

Lockers: Penco Products Inc.

Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing: IBE Consulting Engineers

Shower/Toilet Partitions: Santana Comtec Capitol Classics

Structural Engineer: Englekirk & Sabol Consulting Structural Engineers

Swimsuit Extractors: Suitmate


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