ASU Sun Devil Fitness Complex (SDFC) Downtown Phoenix

  • Location:

    Phoenix, AZ

  • Client:

    Arizona Board of Regents & Arizona State University

  • Construction Value:

    $19,833,000

  • Delivery Method:

    CMAR

  • Year Completed:

    2013

  • Specialties:

    Higher Education, Sports & Recreation

Features & Highlights

  • LEED Silver®
  • 570,000-pound rooftop swimming pool
  • Constructed on a tight lot in downtown Phoenix
  • Project completed 26 days early to align with academic calendar
Project Overview

The Arizona State University (ASU) Sun Devil Fitness Complex (SDFC) in Downtown Phoenix is a five-story, 73,800-square-foot student recreation center. It includes an indoor track, rooftop swimming pool, a two-court gymnasium, state-of-the-art weight and fitness room, multi-purpose studios for mind/body classes, student lounge, a multi-purpose area for student clubs, bike co-op and locker rooms. The complex also houses Exercise and Wellness, an academic program in ASU’s College of Health Solutions. Sundt finished the project under budget and 26 days early to coincide with move-in day for the 2013 fall semester.

With a 25-yard pool on the roof and a 23-month duration for design, permitting and construction, this $20 million structure required imaginative design and construction techniques to maintain quality in the face of demanding schedules and budget limitations. Constructability concerns regarding the 570,000-pound rooftop pool were vetted at the earliest stages of design and resulted in a stainless steel pool shell that is located directly above a mechanical platform that houses the pool’s filtration, pumping and heating equipment. This solution had myriad benefits. The stainless steel shell was more than 125 tons lighter than a double concrete shell. In addition, the pool shell and its piping are visible for inspection and accessible for maintenance.

The facility not only provides a much needed “sense of place” for ASU Downtown students, it is a key contributor to the revitalization of downtown Phoenix.  Sun Devil Fitness Complex shares a zero lot-line urban property with the Historic Lincoln Family Downtown YMCA, and students and members share much of the facility through a property sharing and operations agreement.  This arrangement allowed a major facelift to portions of the YMCA, increased energy and operational efficiencies, while providing parking and other amenities for ASU, which were not possible without the cooperative arrangement.  It was truly a community-based solution and a win-win for both the university and the YMCA.

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Market Leaders

“The holistic approach helped keep the proper perspective in support of the creative design elements and the practical aspects of an urban building.”

Tim Keneipp, (Retired), ASU Capital Programs Management Group

Awards & Accolades

  • 2013 Best of NAIOP Awards – Redevelopment Project of the Year-NAIOP
  • 2014 Building Team Awards – Platinum Award – BD+C Magazine
  • 2015 Outstanding Sports Facilities Award-National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA)