Frank and Dorothy Grisanti Gymnasium
at Crossroads School
for Arts & Sciences
Santa Monica, Calif.
Pica & Sullivan Architects
Prefab materials used with innovation
in this state-of-the art gymnasium
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This recently opened sports center features
a gym, a new competition pool, and a multi-purpose playing
field. The 23,724-square-foot double gymnasium includes exhibition
basketball and volleyball courts and bleacher seating for
800 spectators. When the bleachers are retracted, the gym
is converted into two full-size basketball courts and three
practice volleyball courts.
In consideration of initial and long-term
construction costs and the clients aesthetic standards,
the architect studied different building methodologies. It
was determined that the least expensive method for the construction
of the long-span gymnasium portion of the building was an
off-the-shelf prefabricated metal building. This is the same
kind of building used to house manufacturing plants and warehouse
facilities. The product rated well in terms of cost and ease
of construction. The challenge was to create a design that
could transcend the common appearance (and association) that
prefab metal buildings evoke.
During the design process, the architect
discovered that prefab buildings are actually a kit-of-parts
with interchangeable wall and roof types. The design became
a compositional challenge of rearranging and interspersing
the "parts" to create a more festive, event-oriented
appearance. The team furthered the conception by extending
the "skin" materials from the prefab building to
the conventionally framed sister, a two-story portion that
contained accessory spaces and a 4,000 square foot community
room. This extension was achieved by wrapping the two-story
structure with similar exterior materials in a cloth-like
Frank and Dorothy Grisanti Gymnasium at Crossroads
School for Arts & Sciences
Santa Monica, Calif.
23,724 sq ft
Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences
1714 21st Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Pica & Sullivan Architects, Ltd.
1036 South Alfred Street
Los Angeles, CA 90035
fax 323-653 0531
Maureen Sullivan & V. Joseph