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Southwestern College, DeVore Stadium and Field House

Chula Visa, California

Bridging the Mayan-themed vocabulary of the existing campus with a reinterpretation of Mayan design principles embodied in an adjacent project, Gensler undertook this multifaceted renovation project to improve the spectator experience at the college’s DeVore Stadium and reduce the campus’s carbon footprint. The newly constructed Field House now encloses the campus-facing end zone of the existing 7,200-seat stadium, incorporating expanded locker and training facilities as well as multifunctional classrooms with dramatic views of the field. Monumental stairs, outdoor terraces, and human-scaled masonry and stone cladding tie the Field House to the campus context. The new Central Plant is foundational to the campus’ sustainable design strategy.