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Roberts Pavilion


Claremont, CA | 2016

Claremont McKenna College’s new 144,000 square-foot Roberts Pavilion dramatically redefines what a college athletic venue can be. 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.  

Though its taut form and terra cotta panels create a unified exterior, it is inside that one finds the building’s overlapping circulation elements, enhanced by a great deal of transparency, cutting loose and inviting today’s mobile students to territorialize its spaces in unforeseen ways - whether to study, exercise, or socialize. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the lobby, whose “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. 


Project Team

Principal-in-Charge: John Friedman
Consulting Principal: Alice Kimm
Project Architect: Claudia Kessner
Project Team: Derek Greene, Todd Spangler, Eddie Hermann, Chris Hyun, Shuang Xu, Kyung Chung
Project Assistants: Greg Creech, Aaron Malmedal, Juan Perez, Brian Kenworthy, Brian DiMaggio, Jianxin Sun, Michael Leung, Hyang Yi
Competition Team: Garrett Belmont, Brendan Beachler, Emmet Ashford-Trotter, Kazu Shichishima, Loretto Saquing, Manuel Rohrhofer, Long Truong
Structural Engineer and Building Envelope: SGH
MEP and Sustainability: Buro Happold
Civil Engineer: Psomas
Landscape Architect: LINK Landscape Architecture
Lighting Design: KGM
AV, Acoustics, Technology, Security: Waveguide
FF&E: Neiman Studio
Environmental Graphics: 49 Degrees
Specifications: Yagade Consulting, Inc.
Photography: Benny Chan, Fotoworks


2017 Athletic Business Journal Facility of Merit

2017 ENR Regional Best Projects, Sports/Entertainment Category, Southern California Award of Merit

2017 Los Angeles Business Council (LABC) Architectural Award, Education Category

2017 IIDA Calibre Design Award, Health+Wellness Category

2017 Interior Design Best of Year Award, Fitness Category

2016 AIA Pasadena & Foothill Design Honor Award

2016 AIA Pasadena & Foothill People's Choice Award

2016 AIA|LA Design Citation Award 

2016 American Architecture Prize Honorable Mention, Recreational Architecture

2010 Southern California Development Forum (SCDF), Design Award (unbuilt category)

2009 AIA/Pasadena & Foothill, Citation Award (unbuilt category)



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