Carlmont High School, Track & Field and Aquatic Center

Belmont, California

Carlmont High School’s Track & Field and Aquatic Center are two specialized athletic facilities juxtaposed to form a fully functional sports complex. The facility is available all year to students and the community.

Educational program requirements for the track and field included replacing a field in substandard and inadequate playing conditions because of overuse, ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONFEATURED IN2003 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYLandscape soil conditions and poor drainage. The cinder track was in poor condition, characterized by an uneven running surface, substandard lane sizes, inadequate track markings and an unused outside lane.

The solution included the design of a six-lane, all-weather rubberized synthetic surface for the track and synthetic turf on the football/soccer field. The track and synthetic football/soccer field feature year-round usability, improved drainage, safety standards and ADA accessibility, minimized maintenance, a permanently striped and marked field, and a new equipment storage building.

The Aquatic Center provides competitive and recreational swimming and supporting facilities. The pool was outdated and needed substantial upgrading. The architect’s response was to create a new competitive 25-yard by 25-meter pool facility designed to support competitive swimming, water polo and swim-education classes. The Aquatic Center includes a deck, bleachers, offices, shower facilities and an equipment-storage building. The pool has built-in touch timing electronics and a new scoreboard.

Area: 133,000 sq. ft. (track & field); 22,000 sq. ft. (aquatic center); 155,000 sq. ft. (total)

Total cost: $1.4 million (track & field); $2.8 million (aquatic center); 44.2 million (total)