Facilities of Merit 2007: University of California, Santa Barbara - Recreation Center Expansion

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University of California, Santa Barbara - Recreation Center Expansion

Santa Barbara, CA 2007
Year in Showcase: 2007

Project Description

Responsive to its site" and "extremely well-integrated." So spoke the judges about the expansion to the University of California, Santa Barbara Recreation Center, which joined an existing recreation and aquatics complex to enclose a 9.5-acre landscaped compound.

The building?s orientation and stepped massing maintain views to the distant mountains and preserve existing live oak trees and a historic eucalyptus grove. The expansion is divided into an academic wing, with spaces linked by a covered tile-walled walkway, and an activity wing featuring a multipurpose activities court, a 30-foot climbing wall and locker rooms. A fitness room transitions the scale between the two wings.

The judges responded positively to the building inside and out, noting the exterior?s response to the distant Santa Ynez Mountains, as well as the interior?s sophisticated use of materials that include heavy timber framing, maple wall panels and glass walls. Special mention was made of sustainable features, such as operable windows that passively ventilate more than 90 percent of the building, which were incorporated into highly functional recreation spaces.

Judge's Comments

Even though the facility is very large, the scale is broken down to a comfortable perception of size. The plan within demonstrates a great circulation pattern and is very easy to understand.
— John Linstaedt

The colors and texture of the exterior reinforce the coastal landscape and the building seems to grow from its surroundings.
— Tom Betti

An interesting layered solution to a multifunction recreation/academic program.
— David Body

Project Details

Architect: Sasaki Associates Inc. - San Francisco, Calif.
Funded by: Student fees
Major facility components: Multipurpose activities court, climbing wall, fitness room, locker rooms, classroom, offices, pottery studio
Construction Cost: $12.15 million
Square Feet: 52,820
Occupancy: May 2005

Basketball Backboards/Supports: Porter Athletic Equipment Co.

Climbing Walls: Entre Prises USA Climbing Walls

Court Panels/Glass: A Best Enterprises Inc.

Dashers: Sport Systems Unlimited Corp.

Elliptical Equipment: Matrix Fitness Systems

Exercise Balls: Power Systems Inc.

Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.

Flooring, Fitness Center: Everlast Performance Flooring

Free Weight Equipment: Hampton Fitness Products Ltd.

Lockers: Fortress Locker Systems IHFS

Rowers: Concept2 Inc.

Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Daktronics Inc.

Shower/Toilet Partitions: Comtec Industries

Stair Climbers: Nautilus Inc.

Stationary Bikes: Life Fitness

Strength Equipment: Paramount Fitness Corp.

Strength Equipment: Atlantis Inc.

Surface: Sport Court International

Surfaces, Basketball: Sport Court International

Swimsuit Dryer: Extractor Corp.

Treadmills: Matrix Fitness Systems

Volleyball Nets and Standards: Spalding