A Division I school deserves a Division I venue, and so for its arena, Grand Canyon University tapped the same architectural design team that had delivered its visually stunning student recreation center: Architekton and 360 Architecture. The arena had to be even more versatile, transitioning from performance space to basketball venue to conference center. Its green elements include smart solar orientation, a pre-cast seating bowl by CoreSlab, a reflective roof to diffuse desert heat, and PPG SolarBan 60 insulated glass. Perini Building Company improved the project’s already sustainable design by using BIM and clash detection to coordinate plans prior to construction, limiting surpluses in both materials and manpower. The project, completed in 2011 and exceeding ASHRAE standards by 21 percent, is an example of a game-changing sports facility.