Honorable Mention - Top 10 Finalist - Mario Rodriguez - Redesign Your School Athletic Pavilion | 2014 National High School Architecture Competition #158

Advanced Technologies Academy is a magnet school in Las Vegas. Located at 2501 Vegas Drive, it was established in 1994 with the purpose of integrating technology with academics. The school's goal was to make it a completely "paperless school" in the way that everything would be computerized. So far, that hasnt been the case. The school’s current gymnasium was opened in early 2000. Before the establishment of the gym, all there was for the students to exercise was simply park exercise equipment. So in 2000, the new, yet expensive 12 million dollar gym was created. The gym was created prior to the creation of the east wing in the school. The east wing provided enough space for an additional 250 students. The gym was only designed to facilitate the original students, not the additional 250. So whenever there is an assembly or public meeting in the gym, we have to create two sessions: one for half of the students, and the other one for the rest of the students because there is not enough space to accommodate the entire school population. My goal is to create a true athletic pavilion instead of just a gym. I want to create something that any student or faculty member can use by being able to give it the full functionality of an athletic pavilion with a modern twist. I plan to have locker space for all of the students to be able to leave their clothes in their P.E. locker. Currently, freshmen and some sophomores are forced to carry take home their P.E. clothes due to the fact that there is no space. Because of the lack of space, the freshman P.E. locker room is in a portable. Students are required to bring their own lock in order to prevent theft because of the lack of space, they must share lockers with the other class periods. After the period is over, the students must take the clothes and the lock with them. With the inclusion of a larger locker room, this problem is overcome. I also plan to add an indoor track an an indoor soccer field. Being a resident of Las Vegas for more than five years, and having to put up with this intense heat, it is almost silly not to provide an indoor track. I also want to create a spacious weight room that will be able to accommodate all the P.E. students in the period. With the existing weight room, half the students enjoyed a nice workout session inside the weight room while the other half were not only running laps around the field, but also battling the heat. Adding classrooms with enough space for the P.E. teachers to give lectures in is also something I took into consideration. Being that there is only one classroom which is permanently occupied by the health teacher, the students would have to take their notes in the weight room. With limited room for chairs, many students had to find a seat on the exercise equipment or even the floor. So with the addition of the classrooms on the second floor, the students will now have the luxury of being able to take their notes on actual desks. Not only do I want to focus on the closed spaces of the athletic pavilion, but also the open spaces. On the second floor, I want to have a great big area where students can relax under a palm tree or even just be able to look at the view. I want to make it so even when they are inside the pavilion, they feel outside. In conclusion, the athletic pavilion I am creating will help reduce and even eliminate the problems with the existing gym by having a modernistic approach with still the effectiveness of a traditional classic.

For my gathering of information, I went to the gym to get the pros and cons of the existing gym. There I interviewed one of the physical education teachers and gathered her thoughts about the gym. She provided great insight on what I should include to create an effective athletic pavilion as well as her opinion on what should be included. While at the gym, I went around taking pictures of the gym and taking note of the flaws. I found areas where the building was poorly designed and took it into consideration when designing my gym.

In progress

In this part of the project, I began sketching my ideas and actually translating them onto the computer. I started off with a few concept sketches and then quickly settled onto my final design. To say the truth, I do not sketch a lot, I picture it more in my mind and then from there I put it into the computer and tweak it as I go along.

In this step, I monitored my progress citing all changes in the design concept. Here is where everything started coming into place. Before this step, I was struggling because I did not know what exactly to do, or where to start. But once I got here, it was all downhill from here.

This the final design I came up with to address the current problem with the existing gym. From a bigger gym area, to added facilities, this new athletic pavilion is one that not only students and stuff, but regular people will be able to admire.

After debating on what color to paint the exterior of my builiding, I did research on some...
These sketches are ones that changed the entire North facade of the building. I strongly feel like...
When creating my model, I noticed that I had quite an area of empty, unused space on the second...
To keep up with the rising number of students at my school, I provided ample seating for current...
One huge problem of the existing gym is that there is not enough locker space for the students....
Being that there is going to be a large quantity of students using the weight room, I wanted to...
When I began modeling my weight room, I remembered something from when I was in weight training...
This is the main entrance to the existing gym. Note the dullness of the exterior facade. There is...
This is the view from the edge of the school looking on to the gym. In my opinion, there is nothing...
This is the floor plan of the existing gym. Please take note of some of the awkward space layouts....
This is the site plan which shows the relation between the existing gym and the surrounding areas.
This is a view from the southeast looking at the exterior of the weight room. To me, there is no...
This is what a student sees as soon as they step past the front doors. They come across to this...
In order to design an effective gym, I had to understand the problems. So on my trip to the...
I got my inspiration for the windows from this building: the Kaleida Health Gates Vascular...
This is the very first sketch I put together. I particularly like deconstructive modernism. I like...
This is my thought process for the indoor track I plan to incorporate. 1. Started off with the...
This design greatly influenced my design. It is the Vitra Design Campus in Weil am Rheim, Germany....
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This is the final version of my original rendering. I had wanted to make the exterior stainless...
The top view is the the basketball court facing east. I added the window at the top to allow for...
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This is the weight room looking southeast. As you can see, the weight room benefits from a lot of...
This is the yoga room which is located inside the weight room. I added the yoga room because not...
This is the exterior of the athletic pavilion. I had originally wanted to paint the outside a dark...
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This is the open area on the second floor. I designed it so the students, as well as the staff,...
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These are the links to the uncompressed images, walkthroughs, and revit model of the existing gym...
This is the section cut of my model that quickly gives a reference of where all the areas are in...
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