2015 Facilities of Merit: Sun Devil Fitness Complex Tempe Renovation and Expansion | Athletic Business

2015 Facilities of Merit: Sun Devil Fitness Complex Tempe Renovation and Expansion

(Photo by Bill Timmerman)
(Photo by Bill Timmerman)

Sun Devil Fitness Complex Tempe Renovation and Expansion | Arizona State University | Tempe, Ariz.

Relationships between building and environment, and between interior spaces, impressed judges, as did the role of natural light in elevating the user experience beyond active fitness pursuits to a passive sense of personal wellbeing.

The building's desert-appropriate design strategies include deep overhangs and louvers to shade exterior glass, while durable fiber cement cladding creates a dynamic facade that fits its context. Stacked forms provide unique interior views between activity areas, while second-level basketball courts and a MAC featuring floor-to-ceiling glass afford views of the surrounding ASU campus.

"The one thing that stands about this project is that each space feels connected to every other space," stated one judge. "Students can see one another as they exercise or just hang out — inside the building and even outside on the fields."

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Judges' Comments:

"The powerful massing both respects the context and climate, while also making a striking modern gesture." — James Braam

"Interlocking masses provide a strong architectural composition that is sensitive to the original building form and solar orientation." — Anita Moran

"Dynamic and bold exterior architectural geometry that summons one to enter and explore." — Tom Poulos

Architect of Record:
Studio MA Inc. | Phoenix, Ariz.

Associate Architect:
Sasaki Associates Inc. | Watertown, Mass.

Aquatic Design Consultant:
Counsilman-Hunsaker | St. Louis, Mo.

Cost: $24.5 million

Square Footage: 93,000 (new), 20,000 (renovation)

Funded By: Student fees

Major Facility Components:
Five basketball courts, multipurpose activity court, fitness center, wellness center, lounge, gaming areas

Thank you to our seven Facilities of Merit judges
A big thank you to our seven judges: James Braam, HOK; David Edmunds, GEC Architecture; Steven Flanagan, LPA Inc.; Anita Moran, Dewberry; Tom Poulos, Williams Architects; Chris Sgarzi, Sasaki Associates Inc.; and Mark Williams, HKS | Sports & Entertainment


FomThe 2015 Athletic Business® Facilities of Merit™ awards were selected by a panel of sports and recreation facility architects during two days of judging in Madison, Wis. The 10 winners are being announced during these two weeks, and profiles of all 10 will appear in the November issue of Athletic Business. The awards will be presented to the facility owners and architects at the Athletic Business Conference & Expo in New Orleans on Friday, Nov. 20.
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