Rains Center Renovation and Addition

SCB was selected by Pomona College to transform their Rains Center for Sport and Recreation, an outdated athletics facility, into the Pomona College Athletic and Recreation Center.


Pomona College


Claremont, California


Architecture /
Campus Environments /
Campus Life /


94,000 SF

Targeting LEED Gold

The team was challenged to update the building’s exterior character to better reflect the context of the College’s historic Marston Quad, upgrade life safety and building systems, help promote a culture change around varsity athletics on campus and for recruitment, and provide a more welcoming and inclusive environment for all students and faculty/staff. The proposed 50,000-square-foot renovation and 44,000-square-foot addition provides for an expanded athletics program, improved sense of entry, and increased spatial connections and visibility.

Enhancements to the athletics portion of the building include new dedicated locker rooms, 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, intramural, and physical education programs, improvements include new locker rooms, a dedicated cardio and fitness center, studio/teaching space, and shared access to the new gymnasium facilities.

The interior spaces benefit from ample natural daylight, while passive shading devices mitigate solar heat gain. The project is pursuing 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, limiting conditioned space, and rooftop photovoltaics and/or solar hot water.

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.