Located just east of the existing Sunset Canyon Recreation Center, the Spieker Aquatics Center is a state-of-the-art facility that will bring together all three of UCLA’s intercollegiate aquatic sports – water polo, swimming, and diving – in one venue. It offers the opportunity to not only host UCLA athletic events, but Master’s swimming events and individual and club swim meets and U.S. Water Polo events, along with regional, national and international competition.
The $14 million project houses a 52-meter x 25-yard deep-water pool and diving well and features a multi-level diving tower, one and three-meter spring boards, and a hot spa for diving.
The center also includes a clubhouse with locker rooms, coaches’ offices and meeting rooms, and lifeguard operations room. The permanent grandstand is able to hold 800 spectators, with the ability to seat an additional 1,700 spectators in temporary seating. The east side of the venue features a “Champions Wall” and a LED scoreboard.
Working with Bauer and Wiley Architects, MLA developed reverberant noise control and room to room noise isolation techniques consistent with the aquatic environment.