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To (Hell)yer and Back

Design Proposal for the New Santa Clara County Cycling Center
Cavin Family Traveling Fellowship Competition 2015
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Seven miles from the center of Downtown San Jose, California lies Hellyer park. It is one of 28 parks in the Santa Clara County Parks system and it is home to several activities that support cycling and cyclists in the Silicon Valley. Hellyer Park lies on the route of the Coyote Creek Trail, a 21mile trail running from Morgan Hill in the southern end of Santa Clara County to the outskirts of Downtown San Jose. This trail, in most stretches, is completely separated from automobile traffic, making it ideal for commuters, recreational cyclists, and families to ride on. Hellyer Park is also home to one of only four track cycling venues in California, the Hellyer Velodrome, a facility that is used for training elite athletes, hosting junior events, hosting track training and certification for the public, and other track cycling related activities.

The design brief for this year’s Cavin Traveling Fellowship Competition will focus on the confluence of these specific types of cyclists around the Hellyer Velodrome. Design proposals should consider the difference in cultures between potential users of this new facility as well as the different speeds of the equipment being used. Your design must include an architectural and or landscape intervention, which will bring about a better understanding between the various groups identified: families, commuters, recreational cyclists, and track athletes who will be either passing through the area on the trail or training for events at the velodrome. The proposed Santa Clara County Cycling Center program will use the existing velodrome and its parking as the center piece of a new project which will facilitate the growth of commuting by bike to downtown San Jose as well as the recreational exploration of the park itself. This center will include some aspects of the already proposed San Jose Bike Master plan such as accommodation for a San Jose Bike Share program modeled on the Velib service in Paris or the CitiBike program in New York City.

Your entries will be judged on the following criteria:

Here are some links to information that you may find useful in developing your proposals: tourism/parks-facilities/giordana-velodrome/about-the-giordana-vel odrome

Santa Clara County Cycling Center @ the Hellyer Velodrome Program


New 1500 seat grandstand
Requires roof for sun protection. This is usually on the start and finish side but can be broken up to provide different views of the track action. This area may incorporate the existing grandstand area or be in addition to existing seating.

Roof Structure or Partial Roof Structure to cover grandstands, Infield warm up and changing area.
New structure is to provide protection from sun. The track is closed to racing when it is raining.

Athlete Entrance and Check in Area
(300 square feet)
This needs to tunnel under the track from the parking lot to the infield.

Infield Changing Cabins
(100 square feet)
(10) 3ft. by 3ft. each. These must be adjacent to warm up area.

Warm Up and Staging Area/ Event Apparatus Storage
(2250 square Feet)
This area must be adjacent to changing rooms and scoring area. Storage items include a podium as well a several specially designed motorcycles for the’kierin” events, and 25 warm up rollers.

Scoring and Announcing Area
(50 square feet)
Space need to be accessible to the track and adjacent to start and finish line.

Rental Track Bike Storage
(400 square feet)
Rental bikes for track days need to be in a secure location in the infield or a location adjacent to the infield. This program can also be joined to the “Bike Shop” for a combined total of 1100 Square Feet.

Information, Ticket Center, Concessions, and Museum
(700 square feet)
This is the public point of access for the Velodrome. Must be adjacent to the grandstands in whatever configuration they are designed.


Public Men’s/ Women’s Restroom/ Water Station
(600 square feet)
To be placed adjacent to Coyote Creek Trail with public access.

Commuter Showers, Changing areas, Lockers, Restrooms
(600 square feet)
To be placed adjacent to Coyote Creek Trail with public access.

Commuter Bike Storage
(2,000- 2,500 square feet)
Secure storage for 250 bikes, protected from weather and placed adjacent to Hellyer Velodrome Parking or to the Coyote Creek Bike Trail.

Use ten square feet per bike as a minimum rule of thumb. Some municipalities suggest fifteen square feet per bicycle. The number of spots per square foot can be doubled if two layers of bikes are used at each floor. Layering bikes requires the more generous proportions of the Fifteen square foot configuration (thus two bikes per every fifteen square feet is possible, but not two per ten square feet). Provide ten larger spaces that can accommodate wheelchair cycles and/or tandem configurations. This entire Portion of the building must be covered and secured. If desired, this portion of the building may be fully enclosed. This area must be secured by a card-key with an entrance that is monitored by the bike shop.

San Jose Bike Share Station
(700 square feet)
Dimensions are thirty feet by eight feet for each module of ten bikes (with seventeen bike slots). This area must be open to the public and directly acccessible from the ground level. This program should be open-air.

(600 square feet inside)
This facility must be publicly accessible. Rents from the café will be used to support ongoing maintenance for the facility. Please include outside seating as desired adjacent to either track or Coyote Creek Trail.

Bike Shop- Sales and Repair
(1000 square feet)
This area must be publicly accessible from the ground level.

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Submittal Requirements

Contestants should use media judiciously in order to communicate work clearly. Contestant entries should demonstrate a clear architectural response to the questions investigated throughout the process with strategic explanatory and conceptual diagrams to justify your work.

Competition Dates
Friday, March 20, 2015 5:00pm PST - Wednesday, March 25, 2015 5:00pm PST

Upload Requirements
Entrants shall upload 4 -20”x 20” jpg images to the website at 150 dpi.
(3,000 x 3,000 pixels exactly, RGB)
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Stage One:
The boards must be uploaded by 5:00pm Wednesday, March 25, 2015. The website becomes very busy starting around 4:00pm so plan to post early. Do not contact the Fellowship with file problems or uploading difficulties. Contestants should check out access to the site early.

Entries will be reviewed by the jury and a short list of between 4 and 6 finalists will be selected by the jury. The Cavin Family Traveling Fellowship will not respond to individual questions once the competition has started. Files must be uploaded by the deadline described on the website or they will not be considered with no exceptions.

Do not put your name or other identifying markings on the presentation boards! Boards that are identifiable will be disqualified!

Stage Two:
Finalists will print out and mount their presentation boards on foam-core.

Final presentation will be on Friday, May 22nd, 2015 in Los Angeles. Successful finalists are responsible for their own travel arrangements for the presentation. Finalists can apply to the Cavin Fellowship for up to $200 of documented travel expenses. If a candidate chooses not to attend their entry will be disqualified and not considered for the $12,000 prize.

Candidates are responsible for reading all Cavin Fellowship web materials and for the rules and restrictions described on the site. The fellowship award is for self-devised foreign travel-study with the mission of advancing the education of young architecture graduates. All work must be prepared solely by the entrant with no outside assistance. Once the competition begins there are no questions or communications with the Fellowship or other candidates.

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