University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA

Syska Hennessy Group designed the building systems for these two highly successful Student Facilities on the University of California, Irvine campus. We were first selected to design the $10M Donald Bren Events Center, and then were once again selected to design the new Student Recreation Center, voted for and paid for by the students at UCI as a gymnasium accessible to the entire student body.

Student Recreation Center

This new Student Recreation Center was voted for and paid for by the students at UCI because the athletes dominated the existing center, Crawford Hall, and the students wanted a gymnasium for everyone. The 90,000 sq. ft. stand-alone building will be outside the Campus on California Street. The facility will have four basketball courts, an outdoor pool, activity rooms, fitness rooms, locker rooms, racquetball courts, showers, administration offices and a laundry room. The central plant will supply 400 tons from two 200-ton chillers. Five air-handling units will supply constant air volume to all gymnasium areas. UCI has a requirement for this building to be 30% more efficient than Title 24 requirements.

Donald Bren Events Center

Syska Hennessy Group provided mechanical and electrical design for a 5,800 seat, 91,000 sq. ft. intercollegiate, athletic, concert and special events facility. An elegantly designed, modern arena on the campus of the University of California, Irvine, the Bren Events Center provides an exciting and prestigious location in Orange County for a full array of musical, performance, exhibition, sporting, and other public events. The flexible design of the Bren Events Center can accommodate a wide range of events including: concerts, lectures, large meetings, banquets, and exhibitions...the only limit is your imagination.

The Center is built on two levels and features state-of-the-art design in lighting, sound system, and acoustic engineering. Nearby parking facilities provide convenient parking for Events Center guests. A full service ticket office and two permanent concession stands are located on the concourse level. Three main entrances to the Center provide smooth crowd flow, and another entrance on the arena level can be reserved for security or controlled access needs. Through the use of retractable seating and Safeguard protective floor covering, the Center can be easily converted to stage a variety of events including concerts, lectures, performing arts, and sporting events.


90,000 sf