This project consists of a new 85,000 square foot recreational facility that replaces Cañada College’s existing gymnasium facility which was constructed in the 1960’s. This $57 million new state-of-the-art facility merges the academic needs of the College’s athletics programs, as well as providing a membership-based community gym facility designed to serve approximately 2,500 residents in the surrounding community.

The facility was designed to be integrated into the sloped hillside to lower the height (as compared to the former gym) and take advantage of the dramatic views of the hills surrounding the College. Sustainability has been woven into the nearly all glass facility, opening up views from inside the athletic center and bringing the outdoors inside, allowing the users to experience their physical fitness while viewing the outdoor aquatics center and rolling hills.

The placement of the basketball courts on the lower level allows two-story volume spaces to be viewed during workouts. The lower level directly connects the locker rooms to the outdoor aquatics center, which consists of two 25-meter by 30-yard pools (one competitive pool and one warm-up pool).

Studio W Architects served as the Criteria/Bridging Architect for this design-build project.


San Mateo County Community College District


85,000 SF


$57 million


Completed 2021

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