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CONTACT: Bruce Smith
Public Information Officer
(310) 434-4209
DATE: May 12, 2005


Santa Monica College’s recently completed Athletics-Kinesiology-Dance Office Complex – a $2 million glass-and-steel building overlooking Corsair Field – has been awarded a “Gold Nugget” for architectural design.

The award, for projects in 14 western states and all the countries on the Pacific Ocean, is given for excellence and innovation in addressing complex design and building issues. The competition is sponsored by the Pacific Coast Builders Conference and Builder, a national magazine of the housing industry. The office complex was a winner in the Best Rehab Commercial/Industrial Project category.

The 7,500-square-foot complex, completed last summer, was designed by Marina del Rey-based Caldwell Architects. It was built on what had been the east bleachers at Corsair Field above the dance studios in SMC’s Pavilion.

It features 23 offices, many with views of the Corsair playing field and track; a spacious conference room overlooking Corsair Field that has been dubbed the “Skybox” and is sometimes used for VIP receptions at games; a reception area at the north end; a work room with computers, telephones and more; lunch room; copy room; and more.

Kinesiology and dance professors, as well as the coaches, have praised the building for its spaciousness and airiness.

Caldwell Architects has designed several projects for SMC, including the third-floor addition to what is now Drescher Hall and the second-floor addition to the Cayton Associated Students Center.

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