East Oakland Sports Center
Photo © David Wakely

Oakland, California

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



Siding: Centria

Glass: PPG

Cement masonry: Trenwyth Industries

Curtain wall and storefront: Kawneer

Sports flooring: Connor Sports Flooring, Mondo U.S.A.

Wood ceilings: Rulon International