Case Study

Banner Sports Medicine Scottsdale A Dedicated Sports Medicine Destination

Scottsdale, AR, USA

The Challenge

HKS designers were challenged to deliver a cutting-edge sports medical facility in the Phoenix area that would be a one-stop-shop for virtually every aspect of athletic performance from testing and evaluation to injury prevention to mental health needs. The facility also needed to accommodate the public and athletes of all ages and skill levels, from “weekend warriors” to players on the area’s multiple professional sports teams.

The Design Solution

Banner Sports Medicine Scottsdale is a welcome addition to the Riverwalk at Talking Stick mixed-use development. The building is a continuation of the natural Riverwalk element that links the community of buildings together with underground dry riverbeds that are interconnected walkways for employees and visitors. These features relate to the history of the Maricopa and the Pima Indian communities originally developed along waterways for sustenance and fortification.

The building’s exterior design supports the Banner Health brand and integrates materials in desert hues, with deep overhangs for shading from the sun. By overlaying these materials in basket woven patterns on the building, it also integrates harmoniously into the hardscape. Metal trellis and canopies creating complex shadowing at the entries and outdoor field.

Inside, Banner Sports Medicine Scottsdale includes highly sophisticated universal and sport-specific equipment and resources which provide insight into the personal mechanics of athletes across virtually all court, field, and track sports. The main space on the ground floor features high ceilings with glazed bays that can be opened to the practice field outdoors and takes advantage of the beautiful desert and mountain views.

The Design Impact

Located across from HKS-designed Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, this one-of-a-kind facility is considered Arizona’s most comprehensive complex for athletic training, diagnostic and monitoring systems. It is designed to give all Arizonans the most advanced athletic care and treatment possible.

Project Features

  • 29,000 sf (2,694 sm) outdoor training area
  • 17,000 sf (1,579 sm) indoor space
  • Orthopedics clinic
  • 6-OR surgery center
  • Imaging
  • Physical therapy
  • Strength and conditioning space
  • Motion-capture camera systems
  • Biomechanical sports performance center
  • Sports psychology


  • Finalist, Healthcare category, AZRE 2024 RED Awards

“Having everything under one roof provides value to patients and to their providers because we can take a team approach to help people get back to their optimal level of participation and perform at their highest level.”

Dr. Evan Lederman, chief of Banner Health Orthopedic Sports Medicine program