Project info

  • Case Studies
  • NAVFAC Southwest, FEAD Coronado

  • RQ Construction, LLC

  • RQ Design

  • SMR Consulting

  • Berg Engineering

“The one word that comes to mind when I look at this facility is teamwork–the teamwork of everyone that was a part of this and the people who made this dream come to life.”
Cmdr. Michael Meno NAVFAC Southwest Public Works Officer, Naval Base Coronado

Project description

Hailed as the largest and best fitness facility in the Navy, the VADM Fitness and Liberty Center at Naval Base Coronado was built to replace an aging gym and fitness center built in the 1940s. Designed with input from sailors on the base, the Center boasts nearly every imaginable fitness amenity to help Navy personnel stay fit. It also provides a variety of entertainment options and serves as a community gathering place.

The project entailed design and construction of a two-story, 89,502-sf fitness center, a one-level, 16,673-sf Liberty Center and an Olympic-size pool. Amenities include administrative and exercise spaces, as well as indoor and outdoor sports courts with spectator seating. Attached to the fitness facility, the Liberty Center features an electronic gaming room, movie theater, television lounges, concessions area, computer lounge, multipurpose room and access to free Wi-Fi connectivity. LEED- Silver certified, the project incorporates extensive use of natural daylight, high insulated windows and wall systems, solar pool and domestic water heaters, as well as a 337kW photovoltaic panel array.

Built in a high-profile historic district, the team was charged with respecting the surrounding architecture and building within a tight site. Utilizing Partnering from the outset, teamwork and a true sense of commitment among the integrated project team helped overcome challenges and achieve success.

Partnering results

  • Set and achieved common team goals
  • Enhanced communication and relationships
  • Completed construction two months ahead of schedule • Delivered exceptional quality
  • Demonstrated award-winning safety performance
  • Earned an outstanding C-CASS rating.
  • Achieved LEED-Silver Certification

Project notes 

  • 111,525 GSF
  • $43.9 million
  • LEED Silver Certified


Design Build Institute of America Western Pacific Region 2016 Award of Merit

National Safety Council (NSC) 2015 Milestone Award