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Recreation, Athletics and Fitness Facilities Study, Occidental College

Los Angeles, California

Master Plan and Various Renovations

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"The character of the athletics program reflects the priorities of health, fitness, teamwork, and a winning spirit."

Jaime Hoffman, Director of Athletics, Occidental College


  • Given the increasing demand for fitness and recreational facilities by students, faculty and staff, the College chose the team of Harley Ellis Devereaux and Hastings + Chivetta to carry out the feasibility study and design of the new facility.
  • The project will consist of historic renovation and new additions to the existing athletic facilities, including Taylor Pool, an outdoor pool used for water polo and swimming meets as well as practice.
  • The team will develop schematic alternatives for meeting the needs of intercollegiate, club and intramural athletic programs and the recreational/fitness needs of students, faculty and staff. Image courtesy of Occidental College.
  • The new facilities will include programmed areas for soccer, track, baseball, and football fields; fitness center, locker rooms, weight training rooms, gymnasiums, dance studio, pool, and fitness center. Image courtesy of Occidental College.
  • Taylor Pool was built in 1930 and named for Mary Barbara Taylor '29. Taylor Pool is six lanes with both a shallow and deep end and is home to the men’s and women’s swimming teams and the men’s and women’s water polo teams. Taylor Pool, is the oldest active competitive water polo site in the United States. Image courtesy of Occidental College.
  • Rush Gymnasium was added in 1965 when construction of offices off Alumni Gymnasium were added. The facility that now hosts men’s and women’s basketball and women’s volleyball. In 2008 the gym got a face-lift with a fresh coat of paint, new floors and new bleachers making the venue one of the finest in the SCIAC. Image courtesy of Occidental College
  • The tennis courts were built on top of the Facilities building in 1977. In the summer of 2009 the (four) courts were resurfaced and named the McKinnon Family Tennis Center for trustee Ian McKinnon, class of 1989. Image courtesy of Occidental College.
  • The Upper and Lower Soccer Fields were both built in 1987. The Lower Soccer field is home to both the men’s and women’s soccer teams. In 2010 a state-of-the-art scoreboard and message board were installed.Image courtesy of Occidental College.
  • Patterson Field was originally constructed in 1916. During the summer of 2010 the FieldTurf was upgraded. Patterson Field has been home to the Tigers’ football program since 1916 and now serves as the home field for the women’s lacrosse program.Image courtesy of Occidental College.
  • Occidental paid tribute to famed professional quarterback and former Occidental Tiger on April 29, 2011 by naming the College's first and oldest athletic facility Jack Kemp Stadium. Image courtesy of Occidental College.

people involved in this project:

Brent T. Miller

AIA, LEED AP
Los Angeles

John R. Dale

FAIA, LEED AP
Pre K-12 + Community Education Design Studio