Photos: Dustin Revella Photography & Design

Ottawa University Surprise

110,000 SF | Athletic Complex | Surprise, Arizona

This two-building project for Ottawa University’s Surprise Campus highlights sports programs and related student amenities at the university.  The outdoor venue, named after its donor, is the O’Dell Athletic Complex.  It adjoins a recently-completed state-of-the-art, multipurpose sports field for football, soccer, and lacrosse.  Throughout the three levels, the O’Dell Athletic Complex houses locker rooms, training rooms, athletic department offices, student study areas, labs, classrooms, a press box, and a hospitality area.  The indoor facility has a large multipurpose gymnasium, with bleacher seating, for competitive basketball and volleyball, as well as two practice courts, a main lobby for tickets and concessions, and a recreational center.

The aerial view depicts the athletic complex in context with the existing Surprise City Hall governmental campus.  Ottawa University is engaged in a strategic alliance with the City of Surprise.  The original charter for the City of Surprise Governmental Campus included the innovative concept that the campus would be shared with an educational entity.  That vision came to reality in February of 2017 with the announcement of Ottawa’s new campus on land leased from the city.

Owner: Ottawa University
Contractor: Haydon Building Corp.
Interiors: Cawley Architects’ Interior Design Studio