Special Olympics Arizona Headquarters and Processing Center
Goodyear, Ariz.
Award of Merit

Owner: Special Olympics Arizona
Lead Design Firm: Arrington Watkins Architects
General Contractor: JE Dunn Construction
Civil Engineer: Dibble Engineering Inc.
Structural Engineer: Pangolin Structural
MEP Engineer: LSW Engineers Inc.
Fire/Life Safety: Fisher Engineering

The headquarters for Special Olympics of Arizona (SOAZ) is also a year-round sports training and athletic competition facility that serves 25,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The 15,083-sq-ft preengineered metal building built on concrete includes 3,765 sq ft of office space and 11,318 sq ft for sporting events and warehousing materials and resources for SOAZ programs.

The campus is located on Arizona Dept. of Corrections property adjacent to the Perryville Prison Complex in Goodyear. Construction crews included inmates for trades such as drywall and carpet installation, giving them the opportunity to develop useful skills. Inmates continue to provide maintenance and cleaning services. Because of this labor savings, as well as trade and community donations, the facility was delivered under budget in March 2020 for $2.39 million.

Jim Cummings, ADOC construction manager, thanked the project team: “From the very beginning, everyone knew that this project was something very special for the children of SOAZ.”

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