California Polytechnic State University – Student Recreation Center

San Luis Obispo, CA


To respond to the increasing demand for recreation programs on campus, the expanded Recreation Center at the California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo was designed to provide a social gathering place for students, faculty, and alumni.

U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification for energy efficient design.


Outstanding Sports Facility Award



Innovative Architecture and Design Award

Recreation Management


Pool Type

Outdoor Leisure

Project Type

University Campus Rec

Project Service

Design Services


Completed 2012


Cannon Design

Project Amenities

The project, which students approved in a 2008 referendum, was initiated due to a lack of available space and services in the original Recreation Center. The new 165,700 sq. ft. recreation center is the largest university recreation center on the West Coast. The expansion also includes one spin studio, as well as two multi-purpose studios. There is also a Multi Activity Center (MAC) that has capacity to seat 730 people and will be used for small events such as movie screenings and concerts. The outside of the center contains beach volleyball courts, a recreation pool and areas to barbecue, complimenting the existing 50-meter pool.

One of the largest and most anticipated additions was the recreation pool which is set in a tropical atmosphere. The vibe of the area is relaxed, with barbecue pits and three sand volleyball courts.

6,000 sq. ft. Leisure Pool

3,500 sq. ft. open social area

Zero depth entry

Three 25-yard lap lanes with depths ranging from 3'6" to 4'6"

30’ diameter vortex

Water basketball and water volleyball

Fully ADA compliant with accessibility lift

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