Smart Classroom | Gym Renovation

Paul Benton Institutional & Civic

San Diego, Calif. Alcorn & Benton provided Architectural & Engineering services and construction administration for the comprehensive renovation and conversion of an existing 57,000 sf concrete gymnasium building for multiple uses, including classrooms, training rooms and a student lounge area. The antiquated condition of the existing building systems and the addition of classrooms in close proximity to the gymnasium spaces required extensive analysis and upgrades of all systems. HVAC, electrical, acoustical and fire services were replaced. Charity Lonberger managed ABA’s various consultants and coordinated all communications between the University Staff, Consultants, State Fire Marshal and the DSA.   The following was included in the renovation: ADA Study of the northeast elevator, north restroom facilities and path of travel from the north parking lot Renovation of existing space into …

Ventura County Government Center

Paul Benton Institutional & Civic

This campus is the result of an 80 acre Master Plan encompassing county courts, legal support, administrative offices, public works center, sheriff’s office and pretrial facility. The major public oriented buildings are grouped around a courtyard colonnade and fountain. A sand colored pre-cast concrete exterior facade is supported on a steel structural frame. The one million square foot complex contains twenty-nine courtrooms, including both Municipal and Superior Courts. A sky lit atrium in the three-level County Services Building provides public access to all office functions on each of the 90,000sf floors. Built ahead of schedule and below expected construction budget, this facility has been well received by its community and set a precedent for government and pretrial facilities. Merit Award: AIA Ventura

Oakland Coliseum

Paul Benton Institutional & Civic

Oakland, California Built in 1965, this facility is a venue for an unusual combination of events: professional athletics, entertainment and trade shows. It is home to major-league baseball, football (seating 53,000), basketball, and ice hockey teams (seating 15,000). The circular indoor arena can be opened to link with an 80,000 square foot, below-grade exhibit hall, the roof of which forms a major plaza at the central parking level. The poured-in-place, pre-cast and post-tensioned concrete structures are together considered a regional landmark of the Bay Area. James Alcorn was senior designer under Charles Bassett, FAIA, at SOM in San Francisco. Awards 25 Year Award, AIA California Council AIA East Bay Award of Excellence, AISC

Mt. Soledad Veterans Millennium Memorial

Paul Benton Institutional & Civic

San Diego, California This Veterans’ Memorial is located on a sloping, half-acre circle of private land within a larger City park, atop the highest promontory along this section of coastline. Although ninety years old, the site has been continually maintained for the last 50 years by the Mt. Soledad Memorial Association. As their contribution to millennium celebrations, the Association set in motion a major project to repair and substantially improve the facility. Particular emphasis was placed on enhancing visitors’ awareness of the deep and varied contributions made by so many individuals and their families in times of war — past and present. The design parti includes a series of 6 low walls, radiating elliptically from a fore-stage pedestal marked with an American flag. These walls wrap the steepest …

Brea Civic/Cultural Center

Paul Benton Institutional & Civic

Brea, CA The City of Brea Management needed a building which would be flexible, allow off-hour private sector use, and command a sense of aesthetic strength. To this end, the architects designed a civil/cultural center to include all present and anticipated future government office functions. The reinforced concrete and glass structure contains spaces for a full 300-seat theater, a television studio, a museum, and exhibit gallery, a county branch library, school board offices, as well as complete police facilities. In successful operation since 1980, the Civic/Cultural Center also has two floors of underground parking allowing staff and visitors direct elevator access. The user-friendly tenant improvements developed here for all city departments have much in common with the Ventura Government Center. James Alcorn was the Design Architect with John …