Pomona College Athletics, Recreation, and Wellness Center

SCB was selected by Pomona College to transform their Rains Center for Sport and Recreation, an outdated athletics facility, into the Pomona College Athletics, Recreation, and Wellness Center.


Pomona College


Claremont, California


Architecture /
Campus Environments /
Campus Life /


100,000 SF

26,000 SF Renovation

74,000 SF Addition

Targeting LEED Gold

The team was challenged to update the building’s exterior character to better reflect its context on the College’s historic Marston Quad, upgrade building systems, and match the excellence of the Pomona-Pitzer athletics program while boosting health and wellness for all members of the campus community. The 26,000-square-foot renovation and 74,000-square-foot addition provides for expanded program offerings, improved identity, and increased interior spatial connections and visibility.

Enhancements to the athletics portion of the building include new locker and team rooms, equipment storage, expanded training facilities, training and conditioning space, a new practice gymnasium, and expanded athletic department offices and meeting space. For the recreation, wellness, and physical education programs, improvements include new locker rooms, a dedicated cardio and fitness center, studio/teaching spaces, and shared access to the new gymnasium facilities.

The design for the facility prioritizes indoor/outdoor connections with the strategic use of glazing, connecting users to views and activity outside. The notion of transparency was critical in turning a previously inward-focused building into an engaged campus hub. A dramatic covered outdoor forecourt reinforces the campus legacy of loggias and arcades fronting the public realm. The project is on track to achieve LEED V3 Gold, targeting an EUI of 53 or better. Sustainability strategies include envelope enhancements, daylight and passive solar controls, HVAC systems that prioritize natural ventilation, LED lighting, low-flow plumbing fixtures, and rooftop photovoltaics.