El Cariso Park stands as a memorial to the young men who lost their lives in the Loop Fire on November 1, 1966. Today, this beautiful 80-acre park is a focal point for the surrounding communities, providing amenities from picnic areas, play areas, fitness zone and tennis courts to a beautiful community swimming pool. The new 15,000 square foot gymnasium and community center, dedicated in October of 2011, is a highlight of the park with its beautiful mission style design, civic art, large gymnasium with two electronic scoreboards, classrooms and community rooms, full kitchen, restrooms, and staff offices.
Utilizing Revit, we were able to model the concrete slab on grade, structural steel, and interior and exterior finishes. Particular attention was also paid to the exterior courtyard, fencing and gates, walkways and trellises, and to the large skylight in the ceiling structure of the basketball court.
The skylight and clerestory were of particular interest to the client, who wanted to be sure there was as much natural light entering the space during the day as possible, so as to reduce the usage of electricity and artificial lighting. Using Revit, we were able to produce a sun study animation, which showed 365 days of interior lighting conditions in the gymnasium space, all in the span of a 30-minute animation.