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Where Else Do You Get to Float? A Conversation with Olympian, Dana Grant

Dana Grant, who swims as Dana Vollmer, recently joined the ELS team as an aquatics and sports programming specialist. She is a five-time Olympic Gold Medalist and current member of the USA Swimming National Team. For years, she has also been interested in design. She brings together these two passions at ELS as we expand our firm’s expertise in programming… more

STEAM – It’s All About the “How”

Clarence Mamuyac talks with Peter Sollogub of Cambridge Seven Associates I started working with Peter Sollogub of Cambridge Seven Associates on the new Santa Clara International Swim Center and International Swimming Hall of Fame. Although he is trained as an architect, a lot of his work focuses on immersive learning exhibits. I sat down with him recently to ask about… more

Always in our Hearts: Tiffany Y. Yuan

Tiffany Y. Yuan February 27, 1991 - December 8, 2016 It is with profound sadness that I share the passing of Tiffany Y. Yuan.  She was 25. Tiffany joined ELS after graduating from the University of California, Berkeley with an undergraduate degree in architecture.  We recruited Tiffany through the firm’s participation at the annual UC Berkeley Career Fair.  She was… more

Diving Right In: Designing the Modern Aquatic Competition Venue

Originally published in Athletic Business and Private University Products and News Magazine Competition venues for aquatics should have the same impact as new facilities for revenue sports programs like football and basketball. By Clarence Mamuyac The University of Southern California Trojans have won 11 national championships in football. Pretty impressive. But you might not know that the school's swimming and… more

Spectator Sports: Thoughts on New Spectator Facilities

I attended the national water polo championships at UC Berkeley’s Spieker Aquatics Center in 2011 and at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Center in 2013. I like to see how colleges and universities are actually using their facilities and managing big events, because it helps feed our design thinking. And watching big water polo events like these are particularly revealing, because very… more

ELS Is Pleased to Announce Two Promotions and Three New Hires

January 8th, 2013
ELS is pleased to welcome Sean Slater, AIA as our Director of Retail and Mixed-Use. Sean joins ELS after spending the past sixteen years practicing architecture and urban design in Austin and Atlanta. He has devoted much of his career to creating memorable and sustainable spaces for a variety of regionally sensitive styles, climates and demographics. Sean has been an[...] more

Swim Centers Make a Splash with Sustainable Strategies

Originally published in Eco-Structure Usually substantial energy users, swim centers are using new technologies and creative design tactics to cut their energy use while making the facilities healthier for users. By Clarence Mamuyac, FAIA Swim centers are not, by nature, particularly green buildings. Heating pool water involves a substantial energy drain. Indoor facilities require substantial mechanical equipment to dehumidify and… more

Clarence Mamuyac Article on Sustainable Swim Centers in Eco-Structure

August 16th, 2012
The July 2012 issue of Eco-Structure features an article by ELS principal Clarence Mamuyac, FAIA, on how design strategies and new technologies can slash energy consumption in swim facilities and improve the health and comfort of users. Link: Swim Centers Make a Splash with Sustainable Strategies more

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