ELS Architecture and Urban Design
A city-commissioned, 25,000-square-foot community sports center aiming for LEED Silver (top) takes its stylistic cues from a nearby shipping company's unadorned HQ. Sustainable materials and features (solar-thermal panels, rainwater-collecting bioswales, a solar-heat-gain-reducing brise soleil) prove green can be fun while providing a haven for kids and the elderly.
ARCHITECT: ELS Architecture and Urban Design
BUDGET: $20 million
CONTEXT: In a neighborhood notorious for drug- and gang-related activity, the building allows respite and recreation on a site once proposed for a sports center for San Francisco's unsuccessful 2012 Olympics bid.
Client: City of Oakland
Architect: ELS Architecture and Urban Design
Engineers: Telamon Engineering (civil); SOHA Engineers, (structural); F.W. Associates (electrical); H&M Group (mechanical)
Consultants: Aquatics Consultants (aquatic); Keller Mitchell & Company (landscape); Rick Unvarsky Consulting Services (LEED)
Contractor: Turner Construction
Cement masonry: Trenwyth Industries
Curtain wall and storefront: Kawneer
Sports flooring: Connor Sports Flooring, Mondo U.S.A.
Wood ceilings: Rulon International