Claremont McKenna College, Roberts Pavilion

Claremont, CA, USA

As leaders of Division III of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Claremont McKenna College needed sports facilities that would keep them at the top of their game.

The new 120,000ft2 Roberts Pavilion provides a 3-story fitness and athletic center housing an arena for basketball and volleyball that satisfies NCAA regulations, a 2,000 seat event center, a swimming pool, a gymnasium, and a new home for the Department of Physical Education and Athletics.


The client required a facility that reached a LEED Platinum rating and focused on sustainability while providing versatile facilities for the campus.

Claremont McKenna College, Roberts Pavilion
Our team incorporated a number of passive design strategies as well as highly efficient equipment to help minimize the LEED certified building’s energy use. Image: Fotoworks


Buro Happold worked closely with the architect to design a facility that held sustainability at its heart. To realize our client’s aspiration for a LEED Platinum rating, strategies included highly efficient mechanical systems, energy recovery capabilities, storm water filtration, demand control exhaust ventilation, and numerous skylights to create uplifting, light filled spaces. The building itself is devised to counteract heat gain from both solar and occupancy sources, further enhancing the interior atmosphere while reducing overall running costs.

At the center’s heart is a naturally lit arena that sits approximately 2,200 spectators. Image: Fotoworks


Early on in the design, we provided MEP systems and energy modeling advice to assist the contractor in gauging various options to determine the most suitable and cost-effective schemes. It is this commitment to working collaboratively to achieve the goals of our client that sets our work apart, and ensures we find the right solutions for every individual project.

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