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The Santa Cruz Arena was initiated by the Golden State Warriors per their vision to relocate their NBA Development League basketball team to Santa Cruz. After working with the City of Santa Cruz to investigate existing buildings and open sites, the concept was developed to construct a 7-year temporary arena on a vacant downtown site. This facility would become a joint venture between the City and Warriors on land leased from a third party.

BRW Architects worked with The Warriors to erect a 29,000 SF arena in less than three months. To meet the tight timeline and aggressive budget, a pre-engineered single span structure served as the arena, with 170 feet free-span steel trusses, 52 feet tall at their peak. Modular buildings, accessed by covered walkways, serve as the locker rooms, team offices, and restrooms.

The accelerated design process, land use approvals and environmental review were the result of collaboration between the City of Santa Cruz, Warriors and design team. BRW served as project architect and lead the team effort in negotiating a wide range of building and planning challenges.

“We did what most people said couldn’t be done,” Weyermann, President of the Santa Cruz Warriors, said, “I take tremendous pride in that we weren’t constricted by conventional wisdom and that we weren’t constricted by the past.”