Facilities of Merit 2017: Roberts Pavilion, Claremont McKenna College

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Roberts Pavilion, Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, CA 2017
Year in Showcase: 2017

Project Description

Informing much of this project’s design was the desire to create an iconic and flexible new building. The center’s sculptural form suggests the building’s function as the home of athletics and recreation. The center houses a gym, a fitness center, workout studios, a sports medicine facility and team rooms. The 2,000-seat arena can also host a range of non-athletic events, such as school convocations, music performances and public lectures.

While the exterior design is self-contained, the interior’s overlapping circulation elements are more loosely conceived, inviting today’s mobile students to territorialize its spaces for study, exercise or socialization. The structure’s interior transparency enhances that quality, inviting participation and creating a high level of synergy and community. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the lobby, where a “character wall” displays important character-building messages in the 10 most commonly used languages on campus, reflecting the global outlook of the college.

Since its opening, Roberts Pavilion has provided a dynamic environment, reflective of the values of the college, and conducive to social interaction, intellectual reflection, and physical activity — a place that nourishes both mind and body.

Judge's Comments

"The design concept successfully carries through from the exterior to the interior. A compact and efficient plan is maximized with an expressive facade, interior forms and skylights that deliver light deep into the building." — Kalman Nagy

"Interesting solution of window orientation to provide natural light as much as possible without impacting energy use. Fantastic interior space!" — Lynn Reda

"Really cool and dynamic building! The main lobby interior is striking and full of natural light. The building program configuration and connection to the exterior is exceptional. This is a place you want to exercise and spend time in." — Stephen Sefton


Project Details

Architect: John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects
Construction Cost: $52 Million
Square Feet: 144,000
Occupancy: June 2016

Building Systems - Skylights: Metcoe Skylight Specialties

Fitness Center - Cardiovascular Equipment: Life Fitness

Fitness Center - Entertainment Systems: Sharp Electronics Corp.

Fitness Center - Flooring, Aerobics: PLAE

Fitness Center - Flooring, Fitness Center: PLAE

Fitness Center - Free-Weight Equipment: Life Fitness

Fitness Center - Strength Equipment: Life Fitness

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Arena Seating: Hussey Seating Co.

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Basketball Backboards/Supports: Spalding

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Bleachers/Grandstands: Hussey Seating Co.

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Lighting: Cooper Lighting

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Daktronics Inc.

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Sound Systems: Western AV

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Volleyball Nets and Standards: SNA Sports Group (formerly Schelde North America)

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Wall Padding: Sportsfield Specialties Inc.

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Basketball: Connor Sports

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Multipurpose: PLAE

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Volleyball: Connor Sports

Laundry - Dryers: Speed Queen

Laundry - Washers: Speed Queen

Locker/Shower - Flooring: Specs Ceramics

Locker/Shower - Lockers: Columbia Lockers

Locker/Shower - Shower/Toilet Partitions: Bradley Corp.

Pools - Chemical Control Systems: Knorr Systems Inc.

Pools - Deck/Basin Surface: California Commercial Pools

Pools - Filtration Systems: Nemato Corp.

Pools - Heaters: Lochinvar Corp.

Pools - Ladders/Grab Bars: Spectrum Aquatics

Training Facilities - Hydrotherapy Tanks: California Commercial Pools

Training Facilities - Taping/Treatment Tables: Athletic Edge

Architect Of Record

John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects
Los Angeles, CA

Landscape Architect

LINK Landscape Architecture
Los Angeles, CA

Structural Engineer

Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
Los Angeles, CA

MEP Engineer

Buro Happold Engineering
Los Angeles, CA