• Pool Type Outdoor Leisure
  • Project Type Universities
  • Project Service Design Services
  • StatusCompleted 2012
  • ArchitectCannon Design


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California Polytechnic State University – Student Recreation Center

San Luis Obispo, CA

California Polytechnic State University 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.

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. Aquatic amenities include:

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

California Polytechnic State University achieved the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification for energy efficient design.

Design Awards and Publications:

2014  & 2015 – ‘Architectural Showcase’

Athletic Business magazine

2013 – ‘Outstanding Sports Facilities’ Award

National Intramural Recreational

Sports Association (NIRSA)

2013 – ‘Innovative Architecture & Design’ Award

Recreation Management magazine