UCLA Pauley Pavilion Renovation and Expansion
LEED Silver Goal
Los Angeles, CA

Pauley Pavilion is a University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) campus landmark and is home to several university and community events. Originally built in 1965, UCLA recognized the need to modernize and upgrade their athletic facilities to complement their athletic program and improve spectator amenities and safety.

As part of the renovation Syska engineers performed detailed surveys to assess the useful life of the existing MEP systems and their ability to support the expansion. Syska recommended MEP upgrades such as upgraded DDC Controls for HVAC system, additional electrical substation and new emergency generator along with sustainable solutions such as integrating mechanical ventilation strategies utilizing the smoke exhaust system fans and operable windows.

Additionally, during the surveys Syska identified that the building systems' performance was hindered by the current configuration of the existing campus chilled water loop. The team proposed upgrades to segregate Pauley from the adjacent building to enhance performance for all connected buildings.

The lighting system will include digital fully addressable lighting control system that implements daylight harvesting, load shedding, and occupant scheduling controls, as well as controls for sports lighting. New fire alarm system and TV broadcast infrastructure improvements will also be implemented. The team faces an aggressive schedule and several unique challenges due to the age and historic significance of several architectural elements. Creativity was key to designing a system capable of providing adequate ventilation to underground locker rooms with low floor-to-ceiling ratio.

  • Image courtesy of NBBJ
  • Image courtesy of NBBJ
  • Image courtesy of NBBJ


180,000 sf


2014 Sustainable Innovation Award - USGBC, LA
2013 California Best Sports and Entertainment Projects Award - ENR