MiraCosta College Soccer Facility
Design takes advantage of natural topography to define new athletic complex
The project replaces the college’s existing track and field with a regulation-sized soccer field, as well as a new athletic support building. Renovations provide additional recreational space to supplement the College’s expanding curriculum and support future growth of its athletics program.
Located at MiraCosta’s Oceanside campus in Southern California, the site occupies a depressed field roughly 35 feet lower than adjacent campus facilities. The redesign makes better use of this “bowl” area, creating a self-contained sports complex available for use by students and the surrounding community. Replacing the existing track and field, the new soccer field meets international competition size requirements. A jogging path surrounds the turf area, with walkways leading back to the main campus. New spectator stands support intramural sports as well as other outdoor events, such as ceremonies or celebrations.
The single-story athletic support building, which also includes equipment storage and restrooms, features an expressive roof structure with exposed wood at the underside. The roof’s deep overhangs help shield the continuous band of clerestory windows from excessive sun. Dark-bronze aluminum window frames contrast against gray concrete block at the base. The neutral-tone block further serves as a background for the college’s bold-colored name and logo.