Gym undergoes major renovation while retaining historic context




Home to Riverside City College's Tigers for nearly 100 years, the Wheelock Gymnasium was built in the 1920s, with the most recent renovation occurring in the 1960s. The structure no longer met seismic safety codes, and the project was undertaken "to ensure this historically important building is around for another 80-plus years of service to the college and community," stated Michael Stephens, AIA, Capital Program Administrator for Riverside Community College District.

gkkworks' design meets the facility's new program needs, while accomplishing the extensive retrofitting necessary to mitigate seismic deficiencies, as well as deficiencies in fire life safety and accessibility. Once work was underway, the building was discovered to be in a more deteriorated condition than expected, with extensive termite and water intrusion requiring large areas of demolition and replacement. gkkworks collaborated with the college, users, DSA, and structural engineer to keep the project moving forward.

Funding for the project came from a combination of state and local funds. Every part of the facility was included in the renovation, including courts, two levels of seating, lockers, restrooms, team rooms, physical education classrooms, a fitness center, and administrative and coaching offices. The design incorporated a new entry plaza for a more prominent and welcoming entrance.

"The gym will be a modernized, equipped facility, and one that the students and community can take pride in," stated Barry Meier, former Athletic Director.

Posted on: 11 August 2012
Category: Higher Education