A fanged gopher and a jellyfish swimming on top of a Picasso-esque toilet are repeated over and over wrapping around the Southwestern College, Wellness & Aquatic Center in Chula Vista, Calif. These two ancient Mayan hieroglyphs (along with another) illustrate the words first, health and cool in a language from a civilization dating 11 centuries ago. They are depicted on 0.125- and 0.080-inch perforated aluminum metal panels.
Architect: Gensler, New York City, www.gensler.com
Construction manager: Balfour Beatty, Los Angeles, www.balfourbeattyus.com
General contractor: Brady SoCal Inc., La Mesa, Calif., www.brady.com/socal
Metal installer: Letner Roofing, Orange, Calif., www.letner.com
Perforated metal: Dri-Design, Holland, Mich., www.dri-design.com