Sports facilities that won’t cost the earth
The Rancho Cienega Sports Complex development forms part of the City of Los Angeles’ vision to develop the 29 acre Rancho Cienega Regional Park in line with wider community improvement plans. The project aspires to embed new sports facilities within a botanical garden, uniting the landscape with the new buildings.
BuroHappold Engineering and architects SPF:a, won the original design competition for all redevelopments throughout the park. This element of the project involves replacing existing facilities with the new, state of the art sports complex.
A key challenge for the BuroHappold Engineering team is that funding has come from a number of sources, so there are a variety of stakeholders whose aims must be aligned and met.
Additionally, energy efficiency is a key concern for our client. We needed to keep this at the forefront of our minds when devising both the structural and MEP strategies for the complex.
By working closely with the architect, we created a modular design with north and south operable walls that open to provide natural ventilation and increase the available area inside the building. The existing, outdated pool complex will be demolished, but the old pool retained and used as a water cistern for reclaimed water. This water will then be reused throughout the new complex, further improving its sustainable credentials.
In addition, we are looking to harness sources of renewable energy wherever possible. For example, we have incorporated a photo-voltaic array into our design, which is capable of generating more than 13% of the building’s energy requirements.
Liaising with both our client and the stakeholders enabled the project team to design a high-performance facility that meets all their requirements, and includes a gym, fitness annex and indoor pool, as well as a community meeting room, classrooms, staff offices and a plaza area that can be used for public events.
Ron Elad, Associate Principal, Technical Designer
When it is complete, the Rancho Cienega Sports Complex will provide fantastic amenities for the whole community to enjoy. Our work has ensured that the project is on target to meet our client’s sustainability goals and achieve LEED Gold certification.
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