Santa Margarita Catholic High School Eagle Athletic Center


Client: Diocese of Orange
Services Provided: Master Planning, Programming, Design, Construction Documents, Construction Administration
Project Location: Santa Margarita, CA
Project Size: 36,000 sf
Completion Date: April 2010
Sustainability: LEED SILVER Certified
Program: Concessions, Training Room, Fitness/Weightroom, Football Rooms, Football Team Room, Wrestling Room, Wrestling Team Room, Girls’ Multi-Sport Team Room, Classrooms, Large and Small Film Rooms, Conference Room, Coaches’ Offices, Storage Rooms, A/V Equipment Room, Shower/Locker Rooms

The Athletic Building sets a new standard for sustainability as the first LEED Certified building on campus, as well as first for the Diocese of Orange and the City of Rancho Santa Margarita. In keeping with the building’s function, a healthy environment was promoted through the use of low V.O.C. emitting materials, a ventilation monitoring system, and green cleaning practices. Certified wood, regionally sourced materials, and materials with significant recycled content lessened its environmental impact. Energy use is optimized through the use of efficient lighting and mechanical systems and controls.

In 2005, tBP/Architecture revisited the original Master Plan of Santa Margarita High School formulated 23 years before, to update the school; and to reflect a visionary program aimed at achieving their goal of being a nationally renowned college preparatory school recognized for its award winning athletics programs and academic achievement. The school’s vision and focus is to prepare its students physically, mentally, and spiritually. A school facility committee was formulated, and programming ensued, creating a plan to satisfy their needs through 2020. Augmenting a new  50-meter Aquatic Center, this new three-story athletic building facilitates its health and wellness focus; including conditioning, weight training, dance, yoga, wrestling, kinesiology, physical therapy, adaptive PE, swimming, football, and nutrition. The new facility also has classrooms, locker rooms, large and small learning labs, flexible classroom spaces, and outdoor learning areas.