Grand Canyon University | Recreation Center

Location: Phoenix Arizona

Completion: 08/10

Size: 55,000 sf

The 55,000 sf facility is the main Recreation/Fitness Center for the GCU student body and the training facility for the basketball teams. It was designed to serve Grand Canyon University’s growing campus and help its athletic programs become more competitive. The Center includes three regulation courts, wrestling program, dance and aerobics studio, student athlete locker/team rooms to support recruiting, training room/offices, student locker rooms, fitness facilities, classrooms, locker facilities for coaches, and support spaces like laundry, ice room and storage. 

The Antelope Shade Screen provides shade from the morning sun while showing off the pride of the Grand Canyon University Lopes. Inside the facility, metal panels contrast traditional brick to offer a modern edge, while outside they act as a canvas for reflecting the radiant Arizona sun. The combination of profiles and color provided the opportunity to blend the building with the surrounding older structures and define a crisp contemporary future for the campus. The facility was delivered in 14 months and supports Grand Canyon University’s bid to move from Division 2 to Division 1. Architekton completed this project with 360 Architecture.

Project Facts

Client | Grand Canyon University

Cost | $8.5M

Contractor | UEB Builders

Type | Design Build


2012 metalmag Metal Buildings Award

2011 American School & University Architectural Portfolio Outstanding Design


Tom Brown

John Kane

Brie Smith

Greg McDowell

Doug Brown

Rachel Green Rasmussen

Mike Alexander

Sophia Meger

Eric Vollmer

Michael Rosso

Tom Reilly

Glen Wollwnhaupt

in collaboration with 360 Architecture


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