SmithGroup Tapped to Design $10M Sports Center for City of Avondale

Posted By Mike Padgett

June 22, 2009

AVONDALE, Ariz. – SmithGroup’s team of architects and designers in Phoenix has been selected by the city of Avondale to design a $10 million indoor sports recreation center that will be managed by a private company.

The 83,000-square-foot facility will be constructed at Van Buren Street and Avondale Boulevard, starting late this year. Completion is projected for late 2010. A contractor has not yet been selected by the city.

The multipurpose community center will be owned by Avondale but managed by American Sports Centers, based in Anaheim, Calif. Avondale officials chose to bring in a private company to run the facility, rather than pay its annual operating costs. It will be the California company’s first facility in Arizona.

The design includes from four to six basketball courts; six to eight valleyball courts; indoor soccer; and a community center multipurpose room that can be used as a senior center. The multipurpose center will offer flex-program space and meeting rooms serving residents and visitors.

An additional 30,000 square feet of retail space is proposed around the multipurpose facility for additional services related to the sports center.

SmithGroup is a national architectural, design and engineering company with about 800 employees. Besides Arizona, it has offices in Michigan; Illinois; California; Wisconsin; Minnesota; North Carolina; and Washington DC.

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Jun 22nd, 2009

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