Recipient of
Award of Merit
in the
SEAOC 2010 Excellence In
Structural Engineering Awards

Sobrato Center
for Humanities and the Arts

Bellarmine College Preparatory

Santa Clara International Swim Center Solar Roof

Santa Clara International Swim Center Solar Roof

Santa Clara, CA

David Thimgan


This 380-foot long steel-truss roof structure provides over 34,000 sq. feet of shade cover over the Swim Center grandstands. To maximize viewing of the center’s swimming pools, only eight steel support columns are used, extending up out of deep concrete pier footings to provide stability against wind and seismic forces. In addition to shade, a primary function of the structure was to support hundreds of photovoltaic solar panels that provide electrical power to the facility. This is just one project that represents AKH’s history of dedication to the use of energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly technologies in our structural designs. Constructed in 1976.

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