New Park Near Vikings Stadium in Jeopardy
by Andrew Brandt August 2014
Plans for "The Yard," an open public park that would sit adjacent to the Vikings' new $1 billion dollar stadium, are in peril.
Allen ISD Spending Millions to Fix Unsafe $60M Stadium
by Michael Gaio July 2014
When Eagle Stadium opened in the Dallas suburb of Allen in August 2012, it was lauded as the best high school football facility in the nation. Today it's a money pit.
Planning and Prioritizing Renovations for Rec Centers
by Zach Bisek July 2014
Many communities across the country are emerging from the recession with new energy, new life and new ideas for their future. While budgets are loosening, recreation organizations are still limited when it comes to undertaking new projects. Construction of a new recreation center is still out of reach for many organizations, but long-desired renovations of an existing facility might be feasible — at least some of them.
USC to Spend $1M Annually to Feed Student-Athletes
by Andrew Brandt July 2014
If there's one thing we've learned from the ruling that allows NCAA Division 1 schools to feed their student-athletes however and whenever they want, it's that athletes eat a lot. And now, that "a lot" has an actual dollar amount attached to it.
Arizona High Schools Face Postseason Participation Fees
by Rexford Sheild July 2014
The price of success is oftentimes categorized by hard work, but high school athletic departments and their athletes in Arizona will soon have to rethink this ideology. The Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) will enforce teams to pay a fee if they are a participant in postseason play. The new fee is slated to kick in this fall.
Understanding Bids and Specs: Get the Best Value When Building
by Ralph Agostinelli July 2014
Few goods come with a set price. Vendors and manufacturers will give you a price — but how do you know that it's their best price?
Kansas Senate Approves Tax Break for Health Clubs
by Emily Attwood April 2014
After a long and heated debate, the Kansas Senate approved a bill on Friday exempting for-profit health clubs from paying property taxes on the premise that such businesses face unfair competition from nonprofits such as the YMCA.
Moving Toward a Self-Sustainable Aquatics Funding Model
by Emily Attwood March 2014
Of all the municipal recreation programs that suffered budget cuts during the Great Recession, perhaps no area has taken a bigger hit than aquatics. Public pools have never been a profitable line item in recreation budgets, bogged down by expensive initial construction costs and ongoing maintenance needs. Public pools drained their waters left and right to save on operational costs, and even with budgets rebounding, deferred maintenance has caused expenses to increase to the point where many programs have no choice but to close down indefinitely.
Blog: Contract at Your Own Risk
by Ralph Agostinelli March 2014
Online continuing education courses have become a regular part of my life thanks in part to the New Jersey legislature, which passed a law setting down ongoing professional competency requirements for professional engineers licensed there. Recently, I took a course on change orders — work that is added to or deleted from the original scope of a contract — the gist of which seemed to be, “How to make sure you [that is, engineers] don’t get hit with a claim for negligence because you didn’t design something properly.”
Sorting Out the Mess at Grambling State
by Michael Gaio October 2013
In a weekend full of upsets and big games, perhaps no score stands out more from Saturday's college football slate than Grambling State's 1-0 loss. Grambling State officially forfeited, a majority of its players refusing to travel to Jackson State.