USC Uytengsu Aquatics Center

Los Angeles, CA | sports/recreation | community/education

A renovation and expansion of the former USC McDonald’s Olympic Swim Stadium, the Uytengsu Aquatic Center boasts new features including permanent seating, a new shade canopy, eco-friendly LED lighting for nighttime events, and an array of student-athlete amenities. The new Center gives USC’s championship intercollegiate aquatic sports programs a revived presence along McClintock Avenue, the school’s athletic corridor.

Rendering of the USC Uytengsu Aquatic Center

One of the university’s goals was to reactivate and rebrand McClintock avenue. To this end, large windows on the street allow passersby to see into the center and visually participate in the numerous athletic activities. The Uytengsu Center also boasts the first LED spectator lighting system in the Pacific 12 Conference. This creates both significant energy savings and a better light temperature that is more conducive to athletic events from both a spectator and athlete perspective. LEDs also reduce light leak and the accompanying impact to surrounding areas. The night lighting has doubled the use of the pool from nine to an average of eighteen hours a day.

Project Stats
  • Client

    University of Southern California

  • Size

    30,000 sf

  • Awards

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