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Athletic Business features Roberts Pavilion, Facility of Merit 2017

Athletic Business features Roberts Pavilion, Facility of Merit 2017

John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects' Roberts Pavilion at Claremont McKenna College was selected as one of of this year's Facilities of Merit by Athletic Business, and earned its spot as the cover feature on this month's publication. The winners will be celebrated at a reception at the this year's AB Show in Orlando.  Judges were impressed with the visual relationships between the interior and exterior of the building, and the relationship between the building's facades. Judges commented:

"The design concept successfully carries through from the exterior to the interior. A compact and efficient plan is maximized with an expressive facade, interior forms and skylights that deliver light deep into the building." — Kalman Nagy
"Interesting solution of window orientation to provide natural light as much as possible without impacting energy use. Fantastic interior space!" — Lynn Reda
"Really cool and dynamic building! The main lobby interior is striking and full of natural light. The building program configuration and connection to the exterior is exceptional. This is a place you want to exercise and spend time in." — Stephen Sefton

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Roberts Pavilion Recognized at ENR Regional Best Project Awards

Roberts Pavilion Recognized at ENR Regional Best Project Awards


Roberts Pavilion at Claremont McKenna College earned an Award of Merit at Engineering News-Record's Regional Awards Ceremony.

Three panels of judges have completed weeks of scoring and discussion to determine the list of winners for ENR California’s Best Projects 2017 competition. This year our panel of industry judges reviewed and discussed nearly 100 projects located throughout California and Hawaii. Nine judges from throughout the industry—including architects, engineers, contractors and subcontractors—were divided into three groups and assigned a group of categories. Projects were evaluated on the ability of the project team to overcome challenges, contribution to the industry and community, safety and construction and design quality.

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Roberts Pavilion Wins AIA|Pasadena Foothill Design Award and People's Choice Award

Roberts Pavilion Wins AIA|Pasadena Foothill Design Award and People's Choice Award

Los Angeles, CA – January 19, 2017 – At the 2017 AIA Pasadena Foothill's Design Awards, JFAK's Roberts Pavilion,  a state-of-the art athletics, fitness and events center at Claremont McKenna College, earned an Honor Award in the Institutional category. This means that it was ranked in the top 10% of the merit qualified projects, and that it demonstrates a "complete Design Effort", where the architect was involved in all aspects of Design. Site planning, space planning, interior and exterior architecture and landscape were evaluated by the Design Awards Committee. 

Roberts Pavilion also garnered the evening's People's Choice Award, selected by attendees at the Design Awards Gala. 

Click here to see the full list of winners.

More about AIA Pasadena & Foothill Design Awards: The Pasadena & Foothill AIA Design Awards program provides a forum to celebrate design excellence and innovation as well as providing an arena where architects are recognized by their peers for their effort and dedication to the profession. Through publication of this recognition, the Chapter aims to raise public consciousness and foster a wider appreciation for excellence in design by highlighting the significant role of the architect in the community


FRAME: JFAK Sheds Light on the Importance of Transparency

"The Roberts Pavilion appears to hover weightlessly above the ground on a ‘ring of light’, produced by 3.65-m-high sheets of glass on all sides. The architecture allows natural light to penetrate the building’s interior, creating a set of spaces where both the mind and the body are rejuvenated. JFAK partner John Friedman explains how the new sports centre at Claremont McKenna College, 50 km east of the centre of Los Angeles, introduces light without compromising the building’s function."

Check out the indepth Q&A with JFAK Principal John Friedman in Frame


Announcing the Interior Design Best of Year Award Winners: JFAK's Roberts Pavilion Wins, La Kretz Innovation Campus an Honoree

Announcing the Interior Design Best of Year Award Winners: JFAK's Roberts Pavilion Wins, La Kretz Innovation Campus an Honoree

John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects(JFAK) was honored to be recognized at the 11th Annual Interior Design Best of Year Awards. JFAK's Roberts Pavilion, at Claremont McKenna College, won in the Fitness Category, and the La Kretz Innovation Campus was an honoree in the Office: Large Creative/Tech Category. This year, the Best of Year Awards had 2,016 entries, from 38 different countries, in 130 product and project categories! 

On December 1, 2016 over 900 people from the design community (designers, architects, manufacturers and friends) gathered at the state-of-the-art Frank Gehry design, IAC Building at 555 West 18th Street in NYC. The auditorium was standing room only, as the winners were announced live by hosts Cindy Allen, Editor in Chief, and Carol Cisco, Publisher of Interior Design.

Completed in September 2016, Roberts Pavilion is a state-of-the art athletics, fitness and events center for Claremont McKenna College and the athletic center for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps intercollegiate, intramural, and physical education programs. Anticipated to be LEED Gold-certified, the Pavilion features a state-of-the-art fitness center and a generous venue area with a seating capacity of approximately 2,200, which provides hosting opportunities for important college and community events. It recently earned an AIA|LA Design Award.

La Kretz Innovation Campus (LKIC), Los Angeles’ new cleantech innovation hub, is a place where entrepreneurs, engineers, scientists, and policymakers can collaborate, promote and support the development of clean technologies and LA’s green economy. The fully renovated 60,000 square foot facility is located in the dynamic Arts & Innovation District of Downtown Los Angeles. Anticipated to be LEED Platinum-certified, the Campus utilizes state-of-the-art green technology including a 175 kilowatt photovoltaic solar canopy, fast charger EV stations, bioswales, and LA’s first public greywater filtration and microgrid systems. It was recently honored as part of AIA|LA's first ever COTE LA awards. 

To see the full list of winners and finalists, click here. 

Claremont McKenna College dedicates Roberts Pavilion

Claremont McKenna College dedicates Roberts Pavilion

Today, Claremont McKenna College (CMC) dedicated Roberts Pavilion, the brand new 144,000 SF fitness, athletics, and events center designed by JFAK, in the presence of CMC faculty, trustees, and students.

"Our hope is that Roberts Pavilion will take its place as one of the most memorable places on campus, a place where lifetime friendships will be crated, where the body and mind will be simultaneously refreshed, tested, and fused; and where social interactions of all kinds will flourish - in sum, a place where the whole person will be created and nurtured," shared JFAK Principal John Friedman during his dedication speech.

Roberts Pavilion dramatically redefines the college athletic venue. An iconic social hub that brings students and faculty together, it demarks a new gateway for the campus while reacting to the push and pull of surrounding buildings, playing fields, and aquatic center. A sensuous, sculptural, even athletic form was used to suggest the College’s ambitious forward-looking outlook, as well as its function as a center of recreation and wellness. A sculpture by artist Chris Burden, installed after his death, sits just outside on the building’s plaza.  

The lobby's “Character Wall” incorporates important character-building terms in the ten most commonly-used languages on campus, thereby reflecting the global outlook of the College and the creative search common to all academic ventures. 

The dedication began with events for the CMC community, and was followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony, reception, and dinner. 

Click here to see CMC's press release.


Massive character wall puts signature stamp on Roberts Pavilion

Massive character wall puts signature stamp on Roberts Pavilion

The two-story character wall at the Claremont McKenna College (CMC) Roberts Pavilion is the first thing visitors notice upon entering Roberts Pavilion, and what immediately jumps out is a quote emblazoned on it from Roberts Pavilion benefactor, CMC trustee and alumnus George R. Roberts '66 P'93: “Whatever you do, go all in.” That sentiment certainly encapsulates the depth and variety of what the facility has to offer CMCers.

Read more about the origins, stats and reasoning behind the character wall here.

Roberts Pavilion opens for recreational use

Roberts Pavilion opens for recreational use

Good things come to those who wait. Now the wait is over for the CMC and CMS communities; Roberts Pavilion has opened for recreational use.

And it's only the beginning. As CMC President Hiram Chodosh said a few months ago during a "Senior Preview Day" at the Pavilion, "to be sure, the Pavilion is the home of CMS Athletics, but it's a facility intended for use by all students. It's an events center not just for athletics. The whole campus will be utilizing it."

Chris Spells, Director of Recreation & Manager of Roberts Pavilion: "When discussing the facility, and walking through with the architects, they were pleasantly surprised at the ability to see through the facility with ease. The glass throughout Roberts Pavilion allows for one to walk in the main entrance, and instantly be able to see the track and Zinda Field on the backside. When working out in the fitness center, one can clearly see through the arena, and into the Athletics offices. This transparency really brings our goal of the building to life which is to be an inclusive, welcoming space for our community."

Read the full CMC Press Release here.