The new Los Medanos College Kinesiology & Athletic Complex artfully maximizes the programmable area for students and athletes in an efficient facility that creates a bridge between old and new buildings on campus. On a tight budget, designers found ways to increase the effective space, create links to the different programs and balance the unique goals of the kinesiology, recreation and athletic departments.
The LEED Gold complex was developed in conjunction with a new two-story student union, transforming the core of the campus into a vibrant center for health and wellness. The two buildings are linked by a landscaped quad with a variety of programmed outdoor spaces, drought-tolerant plant life and a sustainable water management system.
The KAC was developed through extensive engagement with stakeholders, aligning the different visions to realize the necessary consolidation and efficiencies gained by overlapping several programs. The college’s academic, athletic and student health and wellness goals are all programmed into the facility, which includes two dedicated fitness studios, a vastly expanded weight and cardio room, separate classrooms and offices for athletics staff and faculty, among other features. The facility also provides support spaces for the athletic teams based in the existing gym. These include team rooms, an equipment room and a new trainer’s room with weight and fitness components.
Developed through an integrated design process, the project exceeded the AIA 2030 Commitment target by reducing energy use by more than 70 percent, primarily through passive strategies, including an efficient envelope, a low-energy mechanical system, glazing and strategic shading.