East Oakland Sports Center

As part of efforts to revitalize the Brookfield neighborhood of East Oakland, ELS collaborated with the City of Oakland to design a new, 50,000 sf community sports, recreation, and aquatics center. The complex, designed as a composition of glass and metal clad forms, provides visual interest, captures natural light and controls solar gain. The transparent walls allow passing auto and pedestrian traffic to view activity inside the building, thus serving as a “living advertisement” beckoning the community to visit and participate. Phase I of the center features a natatorium with an indoor leisure and lap pool, a dance and aerobics studio, a fitness center, learning/ media center, and a space for community gatherings. Phase II will include a 25 yard x 25 meter competition pool, a two-court gymnasium with suspended running track, and an adjacent sports park with soccer and baseball fields. Phase I was completed in July 2011.

Awards and Publications

AIA San Francisco Citation Award for Architecture 2014, Athletic Business Facility of Merit Winner 2012; Architectural Record, March 2012, Form, Pioneering Design, March/April 2012, San Francisco Chronicle, November 2, 2011, California Public Works Design Award, 2012, “Reaching Out: Recreation in Underserved Communities,” Recreation Management, April 2009, “Design at Play,” Contract Online, January 2008, “Community Center to Revive East Oakland, CA,” Interior Design Online, December 2007, designboom.com,[+MOOD] plusmood.com, worldarchitecturenews.com, Interiors, March 2008