Robertson Recreation Center

Robertson Recreation Center

Architect
KEVIN DALY ARCHITECTS
Location
Los Angeles, CA, USA | View Map
Project Year
2020
Category
Community Centres

Sports Centres
Joshua White
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
White spandrel glazing Mapes-R honeycomb core aluminum door infill panels at exterior doorsVitro Architectural Glass
Gymnasium EquipmentDraper, Inc
Acoustical PanelsArmstrong Building Products
TECTUM Direct-Attach Walls
Metal RainscreenMetal Sales Manufacturing Corporation
T13-A • Wall
Door HardwareAssa Abloy
Alarm Lock
US Aluminum SeriesCR Laurence
Series IT451 Center Glazed Storefront

Product Spec Sheet
White spandrel glazing Mapes-R honeycomb core aluminum door infill panels at exterior doors
Gymnasium Equipment
Acoustical Panels
TECTUM Direct-Attach Walls by Armstrong Building Products
Metal Rainscreen
Door Hardware
Alarm Lock by Assa Abloy
US Aluminum Series
Series IT451 Center Glazed Storefront by CR Laurence

Robertson Recreation Center

KEVIN DALY ARCHITECTS as Architects

This new neighborhood gymnasium and community center serves the South Robertson neighborhood of Los Angeles, replacing a beloved but deteriorated recreation facility. Built on the site of the original “Rob Rec” and funded by the City of LA, the project transforms the undersized recreation center into a new state-of-the-art gymnasium and community anchor.

photo_credit Joshua White
Joshua White

Site & Urban Context

photo_credit Joshua White
Joshua White

In 2014, KDA was selected by the City of LA to develop and design a new recreation center to replace an deteriorating gymnasium on the same site. The original rec center, a large manor hall with a vast fireplace, first served as a community gathering space. In the 1960’s the city removed the fireplace and installed a substandard basketball court; although the court was not regulation-sized, the recreation center has an established basketball legacy, counting professional players Nick Young and Cedric Ceballos among its alumni.

photo_credit Joshua White
Joshua White

The neighborhood surrounding the recreation center is a microcosm of Los Angeles, centered amongst diverse social groups and housing types. This heterogenous quality to the area’s urban fabric led to a lengthy public process; it took two years to build a consensus for the project’s final direction.

photo_credit Joshua White
Joshua White

The site, an attenuated triangle bounded by busy traffic on Robertson Boulevard, presented limited opportunities for the large rectangular volume of a basketball court, and the surrounding perimeter of mature Melaleuca trees further limited planning options. To engage with the rhythm of the existing landscape, the building's exterior walls weave at the dripline of the trees to form a ribbon, thereby stabilizing the structure in a manner similar to the famous serpentine walls at the University of Virginia.

photo_credit Joshua White
Joshua White

The project is organized around a regulation basketball court with supplementary meeting spaces filling the edges of the irregular site.

photo_credit Joshua White
Joshua White

Sustainability

photo_credit Joshua White
Joshua White

Designed to be as self-sufficient as possible, the building’s durable interior finish is exposed concrete block to preserve coolness, while its corrugated metal exterior and perimeter of trees provide a self-shading system to minimize the need for air conditioning. Four north-facing trusses spanning the gym are glazed with clerestory windows to provide continuous, indirect sunlight—eliminating the need for artificial lighting throughout the day.

 

Team:
1. Structural Engineering: Englekirk Institutional
2. Civil Engineering: KPFF Consulting Engineers
3. MEP: TMAD, Taylor & Gaines (TTG)
4. Methane Control: Terra-Petra
5. Land Use Planning: Craig Lawson and Co., LLC
6. LEED & Commissioning Services: Integral Group
7. Cost Estimating: C.P. O’Halloran Associates, Inc.
8. Constructability Review: Heery International
9. Landscaping: Katherine Spitz & Associates, Inc

 

Material Used:
1. Storefront: CR Laurence. US Aluminum Series 451 with 1” insulated glazing units. Vitro Solarban 60 clear glazing and Opaci-Coat 0-1060 White spandrel glazing Mapes-R honeycomb core aluminum door infill panels at exterior doors.
2. Doors: DCI Honeycomb Core and Steel-Stiffened Doors. 
3. Door Hardware: Schlage, Best, Assa Abloy, Alarm Lock, and Ives.   
4. Structural Steel: Paramount Metal & Supply Co. 
5. Gymnasium Flooring: Horner TAC 1 MFMA Maple Floating Sleeper System and Bona Supersport Sealer. 
6. Metal Rainscreen: Metal Sales T13-A Corrugated Wall Panels
7. Outdoor Exercise/Play Equipment Design/Build: GameTime 
8. Gymnasium Equipment: JayPro Sports, Draper, Inc. 
9. Lighting Design: SCI Lighting Solutions, Revolution Lighting, Eaton, Spectrum Lighting Inc., Nulite, Lamar Lighting, Valmont Industries
10. Tile: Daltile. Keystones Series Wall and Floor Tile 
11. Acoustical Panels: Armstrong Tectum Direct-Attach Acoustical Ceiling & Wall Panels
12. Stormwater Management System: Contech Engineered Solutions SRPE Cistern
13. Plumbing Fixtures: American Standard and Acorn. 
14. HVAC: Circulating Air, Inc. and Greenheck

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