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Challenged Athletes Foundation / Colkitt & Co

  • 01:00 - 5 May, 2013
Challenged Athletes Foundation / Colkitt & Co
Challenged Athletes Foundation / Colkitt & Co, © Cheryl Ramsay
© Cheryl Ramsay

© Cheryl Ramsay © Cheryl Ramsay © Cheryl Ramsay © Cheryl Ramsay + 32

  • Architects

  • Location

    9591 Waples Street, San Diego, CA 92121, United States
  • Graphics, Branding, Interactive Exhibits and Signage

    Hollis Brand Culture
  • Client

    Challenged Athletes Foundation
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

First Floor Plan
First Floor Plan

The Project

Originally a mundane commercial park building in Mira Mesa (San Diego), the space was re-imagined and built into a mixing chamber for community events, workspace, and athletic activity. The space is alive with color and optimism, serving as a very meaningful place for the CAF supporters to congregate, or for physically challenged athletes to play. 

© Cheryl Ramsay
© Cheryl Ramsay

The Goal

CAF had the goal of creating a space that was inviting to employees, athletes, and guests alike. Connectivity, through openness and relationships, was a major design goal. Whether with sight or light, the space is as open as possible without compromising usability. For example, the upper level is tethered to the lower level; the indoors connected with the outdoors; and the donors linked with the athletes. The goal was to have the in-between spaces and walkways create moments of chance encounters.

© Cheryl Ramsay
© Cheryl Ramsay

Special Features

The building features an innovative facade and establishes a bold identity, while simultaneously allowing natural light to softly pepper the interior spaces. Internally, the weaving of both defined and undefined spaces forces interaction, yet playfully overlaps from room to room. This allows for flexibility of uses according to the changing needs of the facility, whether it is for recreation, work, or fundraising.

© Cheryl Ramsay
© Cheryl Ramsay

Exposed materials used in the renovation, emphasizes a sustainable approach that maintains the natural beauty of the structure, including: wood trusses, joists, shear walls, and steel posts and beams. In addition, analogous with the athletes, the building was enhanced through new technologies.


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