UCLA – Sunset Canyon Rec Center Master Plan
The Sunset Canyon Recreation Center has served the UCLA Community well for over 50 years. It has maintained its value as a multigenerational Community Center for students, faculty staff and the community at large with its memorable and iconic character deeply grounded in its institution, its location, its users and the Southern California climate that make it so unique.
The Center throughout the years has seen a number of additions and renovations that have enhanced its use and its value but have – in some cases – outlasted their original use and intent. As the Community has grown and evolved, the Center has performed admirably and become a place of desire for multiple generations that have enjoyed the facilities and enhanced their active, healthy lives thanks to the programs and amenities provided by the Center.
The Architecture of the Center represents a unique time and place – an important project in the history of local Architecture and the City. The highlight of the Center is its modern wood post and beam construction along with its deep understanding of the site. Nonetheless, it is this type of construction that not only makes it special and unique, but has also become a maintenance challenge. With the majority of the wood framing members exposed, the structures have suffered from years of decay due to weather, pests and constant use. It is at a point in time where restoration and repair are crucial in order to extend the life of the Center for the next 50 years and beyond.
The Masterplan provides a guide for future development, it becomes a tool for planning, restoring and enhancing the Center to be the best that it can be for future generations. It establishes a framework for future needs of the community and for spaces where current and new programs can thrive.
The Masterplan incorporates strategies for making the Center a facility with equal access for all. Where programs for different user groups, age groups and recreational needs can not just coexist but enhance each other.
The Masterplan leverages the existing buildings and site amenities. It honors the history and the place. It enhances the goals of the Recreation Department to Inspire the UCLA community to foster active, healthy lifestyles and life-long learning.
Lehrer Architects LA
Michael B. Lehrer, FAIA, President
Roberto Sheinberg, Director of Design
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE :
Mia Lehrer & Associates
Mia Lehrer, FASLA, President
Michelle Sullivan, FLA, ASLA, Principal
STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS :
Nabih Youssef STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS
Nabih Youssef, President
Jacob Rodriguez, Vice President
COST ESTIMATING :
C.P. O’halloran Associates
Ciaran P. O’halloran
HISTORICAL RESOURCES EVALUATION :
Page & Turnbull
John Lesak, Principal