After 13 months of construction, the 61,495 SF Sun Devil Fitness Complex at the Arizona State University Polytechnic campus in Mesa celebrated its official grand opening.

The $18.7M building is the product of a CMAR effort between ASU, Gilbane Building Company, Architekton and 360 Architects.

Gilbane was chosen for the project based on the firm’s extensive experience in sports and recreation construction and long history of exceeding expectations on ASU projects. The team completed the recreation and fitness complex under budget and on-time, while utilizing state of the art sustainable technologies.

The two-story fitness building features an outdoor pool, three basketball courts, two racquetball courts, cardio areas, locker rooms, showers, a health/wellness center, exterior basketball courts, tennis courts, volleyball courts soccer and softball fields.

Funded through student fees, it was important to ASU to engage the students and give them a voice to help guide the project. To encourage student engagement, the construction team created a Facebook page for the Sun Devil Fitness Complex project that provided a common social media platform to share progress photos, and schedule and status updates.

The student population engaged in an open discussion with the team to comment on design, scope and finishes.

“Throughout design and construction, ASU, Gilbane, Architekton and 360 Architects focused on the students and their needs, fully engaging the campus population to construct a facility that they want.” said Tom Goderre, vice president. “The great level of collaboration produced a truly incredible facility that serves the best interests of the ASU faculty and students.”