$40 Million Athletic Complex to Replace SBCC Pavilion
Santa Barbara City College Sports Pavillion (Photo: Google Maps)
By edhat staff
The Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) Sports Pavilion will be demolished and replaced with a $40 million athletic complex.
The State of California approved $31.9 million for the project and SBCC will contribute $8.1 million. The current Sports Pavilion does not include disability access and has a variety of repairs needed. The State program aims to replace buildings where it's cheaper than tending to repairs.
At the SBCC Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday, Steve Flanagan from LP Architects (LPA) presented construction and design options to be reviewed.
The State allocated funds are for the replacement of the building and require the same square footage in the same location on Loma Alta Drive. Flanagan proposed demolishing a portion of the area to keep the gymnasium open while they build the new gymnasium next to it.
LPA showed examples of their educational and recreational projects including the Mount Saint Mary's Wellness Pavilion and UC San Diego Student Recreation Center.
Trustee Marsha Croninger expressed her concern for the designs that were shown in past LPA projects on city college campuses. "Your examples here are dramatic and very modern. This is not a dramatic very modern town, this is a Spanish mission colonial revival town. I would foresee a significant amount of community controversy if we put a very modern building in that highly visible location," she said.
Flanagan emphasized the photos used are examples of past projects and have plenty of mission and Spanish style projects they've completed.
LPA is in the preliminary stages of this project but the current timeline has it completed between 2022-2023.