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Sunday, 9 October 2011

ELS architects: east oakland sports center

'east oakland sports center' by ELS architecture and urban design, oakland, california, USA
image © david wakely

berkeley-based ELS architecture and urban design has completed the 'east oakland sports center', a recreation facility for the
residents of oakland, california. the continuous transparent facade allows an uninterrupted connection with the wooded grounds,
while metal louvers and fins retain an industrial character consistent with the established urban fabric. the 25,000 square foot
building features a natatorium with a pool, dance studio, fitness center, locker rooms and lobby. learning and media areas are
geared towards a younger audience while multipurpose spaces host community gatherings for seniors.

entrance elevation
image © david wakely

flat corrugated metal panels and concrete masonry surfaces the exterior, directing visitors views outwards through strategic
glass windows, a stark contrast to the existing community center which has minimal fenestrations. recycled building materials,
thermal solar panels to heat the pools, a bioswale for stormwater runoff and high efficiency systems support sustainability practices.
three hues of low-e glass maximize natural daylight while blocking the sun's harmful heating rays. at night, the natatorium softly
glows serving as a beacon of pride along with increasing security of the site.

industrial character of the louvered facade responds to the established urban fabric
image © david wakely

image © david wakely

metal fins shade the interior atrium from direct sunlight
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(left) translucent metal screens
(right) fins
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atrium stair overlooking the grounds
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double story atrium and stair
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at night
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project info:

architect: els architecture and urban design
project team: clarence d. mamuyac, jr., aia, leed® ap, ncarb
principal in charge: christopher jung, leed® ap, project designer and manager
design and production team: william gordon, leed® ap, sims key, gerald navarro, rick wang
location: oakland, california
client: city of oakland
date of occupancy: july 1, 2011
gross square footage: 25,000 phase i (50,000 sf total when phase ii is completed)
site area: 11 acre site
construction cost: 20 m USD
contractor: turner construction
consultants: telamon engineering consultants, inc., civil engineers
soha engineers, structural engineers
f.w. associates inc., electrical engineers
h&m mechanical group, mechanical engineers
aquatic design group, aquatics consultants
keller mitchell & co., landscape architects
michael heacock architects, leed consultant
rick unvarsky consulting services, inc., leed
commissioning agent: timmons design group, shading and thermal comfort analysis: farber energy design, title 24 analysis
key materials (type/brand): metal sidings - centria
glass – oldcastle glass
polished cement masonry units – trenwyth industries
curtainwall and storefront systems – kawneer north america
sports flooring – connor sports flooring, mondo u.s.a. wood ceilings – rulon international
awards/certifications: leed® silver

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