Facilities of Merit 2015: Sun Devil Fitness Complex West, Arizona State University

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Sun Devil Fitness Complex West, Arizona State University

Glendale, AZ 2015
Year in Showcase: 2015

Project Description

One of four wellness centers simultaneously constructed or expanded on four ASU campuses, the Sun Devil Fitness Complex at ASU West features 10,000 square feet devoted to fitness equipment, two multipurpose fitness studios, exterior exercise terraces, a three-lane track, a two-court gymnasium, two racquetball courts, an outdoor pool, and wellness spaces that include a demonstration kitchen, a fitness-assessment studio and three alternative-medicine studios.

ASU West has a very formal, Midwestern liberal arts college feel, with quads and buildings featuring red brick and colonnades. The recreation center was designed as a three-story volume to take advantage of dramatic views of nearby mountains and to create a “stack effect” that allows for passive heating and cooling, just one of the aspects of the building that led to its LEED Gold certification. The three-story plan also promotes inclusion while creating a variety of “fitness neighborhoods” for all types of exercisers.

Responding to one of the university’s primary objectives for the project, the design team worked closely with students on the building program and plan. The forward-thinking students of Arizona State saw that a robust recreation program would be an essential part of the college experience as the school continues its evolution from a commuter-focused campus.

Judge's Comments

"One of the inspirations for the clever organization of this complex is the face of an iPhone to create fitness neighborhoods. This is sensitively combined with architecture that reflects the campus vocabulary in a successful design."   — Anita Moran

"The concept of the building facade as a display case of fitness options overlooking a recreation field creates an impressive presence on campus that is sure to inspire and attract users to the facility."   — Chris Sgarzi

"The building integrates nicely into the landscape while bringing life to the larger interior activity spaces."   — Tom Poulos

Project Details

Architect: HOK
Architect: Architekton
Aquatic Design Engineer: Counsilman-Hunsaker
Construction Cost: $18.5 million
Square Feet: 66,000
Occupancy: January 2013

Fitness Center - Assessment & Monitoring Equipment: Technology Providers Inc.

Fitness Center - Cardiovascular Equipment: Cybex International Inc.

Fitness Center - Cardiovascular Equipment: Marathon Fitness

Fitness Center - Flooring, Aerobics: Connor Sports

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Basketball Backboards/Supports: Aalco Manufacturing Co.

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Lighting: Columbia Lighting

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Sportable Scoreboards

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Track & Field Equipment: Aalco Manufacturing Co.

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Volleyball Nets and Standards: Sports Imports

Indoor Soccer/Inline Rinks - Dashers: Aacer Flooring

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Basketball: Connor Sports

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Racquetball/Squash Courts: Mondo

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Tennis: Connor Sports

Locker/Shower - Lockers: Scranton Products

Locker/Shower - Lockers: Hollman Lockers & Courts Inc.

Locker/Shower - Swimsuit Extractors: Extractor Corp.

Pools - Access Ramps/Stairs: Pentair Commercial Aquatics

Pools - Bleachers: Pulsar, LMI Milton Roy, Grainger Industrial Supply, Siemens, BECSys

Pools - Bulkheads: Recreonics Inc.

Pools - Bulkheads: AquaJet

Pools - Chemical Control Systems: T–STAR Enterprises

Pools - Deck/Basin Surface: Dal-Tile Corp.

Pools - Dehumidifiers: Nemato Corp.

Pools - Diving Boards: Lawson Aquatics Inc.

Pools - Filtration Systems: Lochinvar Corp.

Pools - Gutters: Pentair Commercial Aquatics

Pools - Heaters: Recreonics Inc.

Pools - Ladders/Grab Bars: Pentair Commercial Aquatics

Pools - Sanitization Systems: Pentair Commercial Aquatics

Pools - Scoreboard/Timing Systems: Recreonics Inc.

Pools - Scoreboard/Timing Systems: Pentair Commercial Aquatics

Pools - Starting Blocks: Altempco

Architect Of Record

Kansas City, MO

Associate Architect

Tempe, AZ