AKA: United States Coast Guard (USCG), Coast Guard Island, Swimming Pool, Alameda, CA

Structure Type: built works - recreation areas and structures - swimming pools

Designers: Dickey, Walter L., Engineer (firm); Kump, Ernest J., Associates, Architects (firm); Walter L. Dickey ; Ernest Joseph Kump Jr. (architect)

Dates: constructed 1959-1960

1 story, total floor area: 12,000 sq. ft.

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Campbell Boulevard and Wake Field Drive
Coast Guard Base Alameda, Alameda, CA 94501

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Building History

The San Francisco/Palo Alto-based architect Ernest J. Kump, Jr., () designed this seven-lane swimming pool, 25-meter pool and related facilities for the United States Coast Guard Base in Alameda. It was illustrated in the 03/1958 issue of the Pacific Architect and Builder (PAB) that stated the pool would be contained within a 160x75-foot building of precast concrete panels, three-inches thick. The roof consisted of a series of interconnected prismatic forms creating a gabled roof over the pool, with glazing on either end walls. Box girders supported the roof, the whole building costing about $230,000 in 1958. According to the PAB article, "Box girder construction is designed to float in high-density fluid earth base. (Site is over 14-ft. hydrualic fill.)" (See "Project Review," Pacific Architect and Builder, 03/1958, vol. 64, no. 3, 03/1958, p. 5.) Kump worked with the engineer Walter L. Dickey on the pool's design.

A notice in Progressive Architecture, 01/1958, said of the USCG Pool in Alameda: "Building to house indoor training pool for U.S. Coast Guard Base at Alameda, Calif., has been designed by Office of Ernest J. Kump, Architect. Structure 9right) will be of precast reinforced concrete prismatic panels, 3" thick, with welded connections, metal sash glazing. Site will be over 14 ft. hydraulic fill on stable mud base, necessitating special foundation design to insure stability. Box girder construction will float in fluid earth base. Pool will be 7-lane, 25-meters--locker and dressing room facilities, offices will be accommodated." (See "P/A News Bulletins, Progressive Architecture, vol. 39, no. 1, 01/1958, p. 74.)

PCAD id: 22439