2023 Facilities of Merit Winner: West Hollywood Aquatic & Recreation Center

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LPA Architects

Construction Cost: $88 million

Area / Square Feet: 138,000 SF

Occupancy Date: July 2022


LPA Inc.

Irvine, Calif.


Aquatic Design Group

Carlsbad, Calif.


COST: $88 million

OCCUPANCY: July 2022

The West Hollywood Aquatic & Recreation Center (ARC) is the final phase of a masterplan for the park and community buildings at West Hollywood Park. The main goal of the project was to create a state-of-the-art community recreation and aquatic facility while taking the bulk of the square footage out of the park, creating more contiguous open park space in an extremely dense community.

The city of West Hollywood is one of extremes, which includes a robust senior population, a vibrant Russian immigrant population, movie stars and entertainers, athletes and one of the largest LGBTQ communities in the state. Creating a solution that brought this diverse population together involved intense community and business leader interaction throughout the design process. Built as a replacement for an aging community gym and aquatics centerthe stacked ARC reaches beyond the boundaries of the park, spanning across a public street and resting in a parking lot 35 feet below the finished grade of the park.

A bridge connects the adjacent rooftop tennis courts and a main entry to the ARC at the park level. The project includes a two-court gymnasium at the park level and two rooftop swimming pools with breathtaking views of West Hollywood and beyond to downtown Los Angeles that span over the gymnasium courts. The building also includes expansive rooftop decks for respite and yoga, a cable-access TV studio, and a tiny-tots daycare facility.Community meeting rooms and office space for Parks & Recreation staff round out the program.

Product Suppliers: 

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Basketball Backboards/Supports    Porter Athletic

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Bleachers/Grandstands    Hussey Seating

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Divider Curtains    Porter Athletic

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Lighting    Prescolite MC10LED

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Scoreboards/Timing Systems    Nevco

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Volleyball Nets and Standards    Porter Athletic

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Wall Padding    Porter Athletic

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Basketball    Connor Sports Flooring

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Volleyball    Connor Sports Flooring

Locker/Shower - Flooring    Daltile Keystones

Locker/Shower - Lockers    Columbia Lockers

Locker/Shower - Shower/Toilet Partitions    Metpar

Locker/Shower - Swimsuit Extractors    SUITMATE

Pools - Bulkheads    Myrtha Pools

Pools - Cleaners/Vacuums    Eko3 Systems

Pools - Gutters    Myrtha Pools

Pools - Heaters    Raypak

Pools - Ladders/Grab Bars    Myrtha Pools

Pools - Lane Markers    New Fina

Pools - Lighting    Intellibrite

Pools - Starting Blocks    Spectrum

West Hollywood Aquatic & Recreation Center - June 06, 2023 at 19.09.35
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