Fitting Fitness

Fitting Fitness


On a postage stamp-sized lot approximately 146 feet by 140 feet in downtown Phoenix, Arizona State University had plans to construct a new, four-story fitness center packed with amenities that were specially chosen by the student body (which partially funded the project). But when the vision for the Sun Devil Fitness Complex threatened to exceed the space, Sundt and the design team found a solution to deliver everything students wanted – and even completed the project 21 days early.


Sundt used a parametric estimating tool called DProfiler® – combined with our own historical cost database – to demonstrate how an additional floor could be incorporated into the project for very little additional cost, without raising the building’s profile. Thanks to target value design, excellent teamwork with the architect, and the ability to predict costs with certainty, the team assured ASU it could afford the addition – and created the roadmap showing how.


With a 25-yard, 570,000-pound rooftop pool, the structure required imaginative design and construction techniques to maintain quality in the face of many demands and challenges. The complex is constructed to the lot line and houses weight and fitness training facilities, multi-purpose activity rooms, a two-court gymnasium, an elevated jogging track, kinesiology and fitness lab/classroom space, locker rooms and support spaces. It is also home to the school’s Nutrition and Health Program. Perhaps most importantly, the fitness center fits perfectly with the needs and priorities of ASU’s downtown campus students.


The university began with a space, a budget and a wish list. From those three ingredients, Sundt (and DProfiler®) reverse-engineered a solution the architect could design to.


Arizona State University


Downtown Phoenix Campus Sun Devil Fitness Complex