Grand Canyon University was selected by The City of Phoenix to manage the Maryvale Golf Course Facilities and teamed with Todd & Associates to design a new clubhouse for use of their student based Golf Team but is also available to the public. The existing clubhouse was demolished and the new design encompassed a 19,327 sq. ft., two-story building with basement. The 9,258 sq. ft. 1st floor is open to the public and includes a lobby, pro shop, restaurant/bar, conference room/dinning, kitchen and 3,068 sq. ft. deck for outdoor entertaining. The 2nd floor is reserved for the Grand Canyon University Golf Team and includes a team room, two coach’s offices, lounge area and storage room. The 8,614 sq. ft. basement level will include a golf cart storage area, bag room, break room, storage, elevator and laundry room.
Selecting a college or university usually comes down to location and academic programs. However, an increasing number of students and their families are looking for the quality, type, and standard of living offered by student housing communities as one of the deciding factors. Secure and well-maintained housing facilities support the recruiting process and greatly assist universities in attracting and retaining highly qualified students. From years of planning and designing college and university facilities (both public and private), we believe that all spaces should be created with the end user in mind, especially when designing learning environments. Human-centered design focuses on people and how they will use the space, for growth and development, social interaction and living and learning. These should be spaces of inspiration, to supply students with the tools they need to succeed in today’s ever-changing world. At Todd & Associates, we are continually looking for innovative ways to improve the design of student housing communities. By exploring new ideas and processes, such as the multi-phased process of the 21st Century Project of ACUHO (Association of College and University Housing Officials), we are ensuring that these communities better reflect the ever-changing roles their residences play in the collegiate experience.