College of Marin New Miwok Center for Student Wellness and Recreation

Novato, CA
Construction Cost: $34M
Area / Square Feet: 19,500 sf
Occupancy Date: June 2021

On a wooded site in a prime location on the College of Marin’s Indian Valley Campus, the new Miwok Center will support students in academic wellness, kinesiology, aquatics and athletics programs, alongside fee-paying members of the public. This facility enhances the campus while generating greater visibility and revenue.  

The overall planning and programming process included a robust series of public workshops, leading to a state-of-the-art building that holds a 50-meter competition pool and a six-lane, 25-yard warm-up pool, plus a dive pool and tower. The center includes areas for cardio, weights and group fitness, plus classrooms, administrative space, outdoor workout studios, and locker rooms. Adjacent outdoor pools will support college and community aquatics classes, meets and camps. Folding glass walls in the fitness rooms lead to a half-covered outdoor fitness area, enabling indoor-outdoor use. Lawn seating at the pool deck provides an area for spectators.     

The center is designed to be LEED Platinum-equivalent, capitalizing on an abundant geothermal resource and an on-campus photovoltaic farm. Water used in the pools’ “backwash” process will irrigate the main lawn quad on campus, and pool covers will prevent pool water from evaporating.


LEAD ARCHITECT: ELS Architecture and Urban Design



  • 50-meter competition pool
  • 25-yard warm-up pool
  • Dive tower
  • Dive pool


Chemical Control Systems: BECS Technology Inc.

Scoreboard/Timing Systems: Colorado Time Systems