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Multi-Use Tournament Event Center with Adaptability

Anderson Fieldhouse

Bullhead City, AZ

The community of Bullhead City pulled together and approved a 122,500 SF sporting event facility for the Colorado River Union High School District, in an effort to invest in their city and region’s economic future. Bullhead City, Ft. Mohave and Mohave Valley had no place had no place within its community that could house facilities for football, soccer, or basketball on such a large scale and provide a place for conference and classroom space to spur growth for the region. The field house holds all of these multiple events through a flexible setup for football, soccer, and allows multiple basketball or volleyball games to be played at once. The 5,000 SF conference space is designed to be spacious enough for large events but also flexible enough to support smaller ones and can be divided into as many as four large meeting rooms which have been designed to accommodate Career Technical Education courses and special conference events.
The exterior design for this facility drew on the natural and human history of place. The erosive forces of wind, water and time shaped the natural landscape that surrounds Bullhead City. The plentiful water from the Colorado River, a necessity for human settlement, brought the first inhabitants and later settlers who built mills and discovered mines. This history is reflected in the design through the irregular textures created by the metal panel cladding that resembles the stratification seen in the surrounding mountains and the gem-like polycarbonate panels that bring in natural daylight allude to the hidden pockets of precious metals deep below the surface of the earth. With an eye on the past, the Field House is a focal point on the future serving the academic, athletic, and community needs of Bullhead City and the surrounding Tri-State region.