University of California-Los Angeles

Student Services Building

Los Angeles, California

Recognizing the need to provide additional space for the growing number of student organizations on campus, we worked with UCLA to develop a plan that would transform the University’s 103,000-square-foot historic 1931 Men’s Gymnasium, designed by George W. Kelham, into a new student services building. The design features a series of vibrant spaces for student clubs, meetings and group study, using color and textured materials to give the building’s interior a contemporary look and feel while preserving the architectural character both inside and out. A new two-story entry provides both accessibility to the lower floor as well as making this level highly visible and inviting. New exterior lighting of the facade makes the building particularly prominent within the campus’ historic core, increasing the visibility of student organizations and underlining their importance.

Project Data

103,000 sf

Program & Highlights

Flexible meeting/conference rooms
Lounge spaces
Office suites
Locker rooms


Civil Engineer: RBA Partners, Inc
Structural Engineer: Nabih Youssef & Associates
MEP: M-E Engineers, Inc.
General Contractor: Swinerton Builders
Acoustics: Martin Newson & Associates
Landscape Architect: Hirsch & Associates Inc.

Student Activities meeting room