Project adds 12,000 sq ft to Enhance Campus Experience 

Project adds 12,000 sq ft to Enhance Campus Experience 

Tim Kosaka

Southwestern Adventist University (SWAU) has broken ground for a new recreational complex that will enhance the student experience through more than 12,000 square feet of new outdoor recreational facilities. The complex, built alongside the men’s residence hall, will feature a 3,200 square feet skate park, 9,000 square feet of multipurpose sports space, an outdoor recreation area with BBQ grills, a fire pit, and seating areas.

The sports court will provide space for students to play basketball, pickleball, volleyball, futsal, and more. A portion of the sports court will feature synthetic grass to keep the area pristine year-round. The skate park will include creative input from William Spencer, a professional skateboarder, and Spiderman stunt double who previously visited campus.

“It has long been a dream of mine to bring this type of project to not only the men’s residence hall but to all SWAU students,” shares Wil Iverson, dean of men and project manager. “Through some very generous donations, we are finally able to make this dream a reality. I am excited to give our students another area on campus for recreation and socialization. I believe this area will be a hub for students and provide many memories from their time at SWAU.”

This quarter-million-dollar project has been made possible through generous donors and grant funding. The Oklahoma-based Ardmore Institute of Health provided the first $100,000 of funding.

“Ardmore Institute of Health works for a future where healthy lifestyles will be the preferred method to prevent, treat and reverse chronic diseases,” shares Dr. Ron Stout, president, and CEO of Ardmore Institute of Health. “We are delighted to partner with Southwestern in creating a learning environment where the healthy choice is a fun and easy choice.”

The sports complex is scheduled to open in May of 2022. To stay updated on progress on the build and explore other campus spaces that enhance the student experience, visit

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