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Grand Canyon University Student Recreation Center

Phoenix, AZ United States


Project Description

Metal Sales™ provides a total of 47,500 square feet of bold, sleek metal paneling for both the interior and exterior of the new Grand Canyon University (GCU) Student Recreation Center in Phoenix, AZ.

The 55,000-square-foot Student Recreation Center houses a state-of-the-art fitness area, a dance studio, and three professional-quality practice courts. It is open to all GCU students, faculty, and staff, and serves as the primary facility for the school’s basketball and wrestling teams. Inside the facility, Metal Sales panels contrast traditional brick to offer a modern edge, while outside they act as a canvas for reflecting the radiant Arizona sun. The panels also offer durable protection for the building, making them as strong as they are beautiful.

Currently, over 30 fitness classes per week take place at the Center, and the university teams are proud to practice in beautiful, professional-grade facilities.


Project Details

Grand Canyon University Student Recreation Center
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  • General Contractor: Arizona Corporate Builders 
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Specified Products

Metal Sales TLC-1 panels, 7/8" Corrugated - Wall panels

The Center’s practice courts are surrounded by 6,500 square feet of Metal Sales’ 7/8” Corrugated panels, which offer clean lines for a finished look and strong material for a sturdy backdrop. Leading to the outside, the partially-covered exterior walkway/staircase is lined with 27,000 square feet of modern Performance 7/8” Corrugated panels. Finally, the project is made complete with 14,000 square feet of Metal Sales’ TLC-1 20 gauge roll-formed panels, which shield the structure’s exterior.

Metal panels are an extremely popular choice for projects of this nature, owing to their environmental sustainability and long-lasting toughness. Metal Sales offers supreme panel products that hold up well in the extreme Arizona heat. And with a 45 year paint warranty, they are guaranteed to maintain their visual appeal even after decades of wear.

The architectural products utilized in the new Student Recreation Center were chosen not only for their durability, but also for their ability to convey a sense of athletic spirit. Metal Sales TLC-1 panels in Old Zinc Grey frame figures of the school mascot, which are proudly displayed in the form of aluminum antelope silhouettes on the east and west-facing sides of the facility. Small horizontal strips in GCU purple accent the panels themselves to further exhibit team branding. Together, the panels and antelope silhouettes help to create a landmark building of school pride for the campus.

Distinguished buildings like the GCU Student Recreation Center often encounter unique construction demands because of their ambitious designs. To deal with unexpected measurement challenges, the project’s steel building contractor, Arizona Corporate Builders (Tempe, AZ), had to work closely with Metal Sales to acquire more custom-made panels after initial orders had already been placed.



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