Access Youth Academy

San Diego, CA
(in progress)

Access Youth Academy (AYA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to transforming the lives of underserved youth through an urban squash program. This new two-story structure blends sports, academics and business activities around a glass-walled entry and open reception and lounge area. The northern wing is comprised of 20’-24’ ceilings that shelter seven singles squash courts, one doubles court, locker rooms, showers and restrooms. The southern portion of the building houses two classrooms, storage, support spaces, and a large space divided by operable partitions that contain a computer lab, college prep room, and instructional space on the ground level, and a 1,000 SF open gallery and awards space, 12 open and 2 private offices, a large conference room, staff kitchen/breakroom, and restrooms on the second. A 140’ catwalk extends from the stairwell landing through the building’s center and squash wing, serving as a match observation deck and social area with bench seating throughout. The face of the catwalk, viewable from the first floor, bears the embossed names of AYA graduates. The entire space opens to a huge concrete courtyard with additional seating, viewing and social spaces alongside a 36-car parking lot. Open and airy, the new facility is designed to engage and inspire its users, corresponding with AYA’s mission.

Client: Access Youth Academy
Completion: in progress
Size: 22,000 SF