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Project Description

A splash of light illuminates collegiate swim.

UCLA’s Spieker Aquatic Center provides a consolidated state-of-the-art home for all three of the intercollegiate aquatic sports, including the men’s and women’s water polo teams as well as the swimming and diving teams. The center features a 52-meter competition pool with a 10-meter dive tower, seating for 2,500 spectators, locker rooms, lounge and coaches facility, ticketing and vending, and a multi-purpose classroom/training center.

A complex lighting challenge for the outdoor pool area included meeting the required high light levels necessary for competition events, while also accounting for minimal light trespass into the adjacent residential neighborhood. To meet this challenge, HLB designed luminaire pole heights and shielding that specifically minimized the spill light. In addition, the poles were zoned with the ability to lower the light levels for noncompetitive events, such as practice or sports club utilization, thus aiding in the project energy conservation goals. Integral vertical and horizontal illumination inside the diving tower creates a glow from within and accentuates the dynamic architectural form. Uplighting on the support building canopy defines the space parameters and provides functional illumination for the adjacent walkway.

Project Highlights

• LEED Gold Certified
• Controlled lighting to minimize light trespass


Bauer Architects


Project Background

• 40,000 square feet
• $10.6 million

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