Rio Hondo College Physical Education Complex Renovation and Addition

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Rio Hondo College Physical Education Complex Renovation and Addition

Whittier, CA 2014

Project Description

The Physical Education Complex (PEC) replaced outgrown, outdated and unsafe facilities. Located at the edge of a future campus loop road, the new PEC stands as an athletic gateway to campus and serves as a node of student activity and as a passive recruiting tool.

The exterior envelope responds to different interior conditions and elevated views, arriving at two visually and functionally distinct architectural solutions: a secluded box clad in campus-contextual porcelain tile and a semi-transparent glass and metal “jewel.” Systems such as insulated metal panels were specifically selected because of their ability to multitask as architectural cladding, waterproofing and insulation.

The interiors follow a “do more with less” approach. Larger, more-flexible spaces allow for growth and change, and circulation is pushed outside to minimize use of materials. Locker rooms and support spaces are naturally ventilated, eliminating the need for an active mechanical cooling system in this part of the building. Skylights in the locker room eliminate the need for artificial light sources throughout the day. Fritted insulated glazing was selected for partitions for its acoustic properties, high durability and ability to transmit daylighting. On the north and south elevations, a recessed ribbon window with fritted glazing was devised to minimize direct sunlight, diffuse daylight and maximize visual connections to campus and elevated vistas.

Project Details

Architect: LPA, Inc
Construction Cost: 16.7 million
Square Feet: 48,816
Occupancy: September 2013

Building Systems - Skylights: Bristolight Skylights

Fitness Center - Flooring, Aerobics: Mondo

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Tennis Court Nets/Posts: Porter Athletic

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Multipurpose: Mondo

Locker/Shower - Lockers: Lyon Workspace Products

Locker/Shower - Shower/Toilet Partitions: Scranton Products

Outdoor Facilities/Stadiums - Tennis Nets/Posts: Porter Athletic

Outdoor Facilities/Stadiums - Windscreens: Porter Athletic

Pools - Access Ramps/Stairs: Spectrum Aquatics

Pools - Covers: T-Star Enterprises

Pools - Deck/Basin Surface: Concrete and Dal-Tile

Pools - Diving Boards: Spectrum Aquatics

Pools - Filtration Systems: Eko

Pools - Heaters: Lochinvar Corp.

Pools - Ladders/Grab Bars: Spectrum Aquatics

Pools - Lane Markers: Spectrum Aquatics

Pools - Lighting: Amerlite

Pools - Starting Blocks: Spectrum Aquatics

Principal Design Architect

LPA, Inc
Irvine, CA