Sundt Construction broke ground this week on a 64,283 SF addition to the Lincoln Family Downtown YMCA that will be used by students from Arizona State University.

The $25M ASU Downtown Phoenix Campus Recreation Center, also known as the Y@ASU, is one of four fitness centers across the university system that students voted to fund with an increase to their recreation fees. Sundt’s contract for the project is $19.2M.

Presently, students from ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus use the recreation and fitness amenities at the YMCA, which will adjoin the new building at ground level. Features of the new five-story facility include a large gymnasium, a weight room, an indoor track, multi-purpose space, locker rooms and a rooftop leisure pool.

In addition, Exercise Nutrition & Wellness, an academic program, will be housed at the center, located just south of the YMCA at 350 N. First Ave. Construction is scheduled for completion in 2013.

“By the time ASU Downtown students return for school next fall, they will be able to exercise and relax in a building that is as beautiful as it is functional,” said Ryan Abbott of Sundt.

The new recreation center will be equipped with numerous energy-saving features, including a variable refrigerant flow air system, and natural day-lighting balanced with solar-heat shading. Gabor Lorant Architects of Phoenix has designed the building to achieve LEED Silver certification.

Sundt’s other current university projects include ASU’s ISTB-4 building on the main campus, the University of Arizona’s Health Science Education Building in downtown Phoenix, expansion of California Polytechnic State University’s (Cal Poly) recreation center in San Luis Obispo, Calif., and renovation of San Jose University’s historic Spartan Complex.