Southwestern College: Wellness and Aquatics Complex

Built on one of the busiest intersections in Chula Vista, the Wellness and Aquatics Complex is a state-of-the-art facility designed to help students, athletes, and local community achieve their wellness and fitness goals. Decorated with Maya-inspired glyphs that shine like a beacon at dusk, the facility houses a three-court gymnasium, locker rooms, cardio and strength training rooms, exercise fitness and dance classrooms, administrative offices, and a community room. Outside, two Olympic sized pools and a 25-meter therapy pool provide places for the student athletes, elite athletes, and community members of all ages to practice, compete, and learn to swim.

The architectural character of the Wellness and Aquatic Complex represents a contemporary re-interpretation of the campus’ “Modern Mayan” vocabulary. Glazing and double height spaces connect to the public realm and act as way-finding beacons that signal clear and distinct points of entry.

The Wellness and Aquatics Complex is the manifestation of the district’s desire to bring together the local community and the college in a meaningful and enduring way. Not only does it serve the athletic and wellness needs of the students, it also serves the local community by offering community club members a wide range of health programs ranging from fitness and swimming classes, to individual training, and programs for adults and seniors.

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    900 Otay Lakes Rd, Chula Vista, CA 91910

    Project Owner/Developer:

    Southwestern College

    Owner Contact Name/Email:

    Jim Spillers /

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