RECENT ARTICLES
  • Buffalo Schools In Midst of $1 Billion Reconstruction Project

    by Michael Popke January 2008

    Buffalo schools - and their athletic facilities - are in the midst of a massive $1 billion reconstruction project.

  • Budgeting – Fitness Center Insurance Needs and Tips

    by Julie Anne Eason December 2007

    Most fitness center owners and managers don’t give their insurance policies a second thought — until they have a claim and find out they aren’t completely covered. No one likes to dwell on the intricate details and fine print of an insurance policy, but, as time goes by and your facility changes, it’s important to make sure that your insurance policy reflects the current state of your business. You should review your policies at least once a year, and December is a great time — before the New Year’s resolution crowd floods into your facility and takes up all of your time.

  • With Budgets Tightening, Schools Struggle to Keep Sports Affordable

    by Michael Popke November 2007

    With budgets continuing to tighten, public schools and communities fight to keep sports affordable - if they can keep them at all.

  • Consultants Weigh In on Ice Complex Building Plan

    by Andrew Cohen October 2007

    A small-town ice association procures a federal safety net - but is its building plan solid?

  • Towels: Customer Service or Money Pit?

    by Anne B. McDonnell October 2007

    To run a successful towel program, you need tokeep your costs in check and have a good monitoring/inventory system in place.

  • Against All Odds, Some Swim Clubs Manage to Build Dedicated Pools

    by Andrew Cohen June 2007

    Building a dedicated pool is beyond the wherewithal of most swim clubs, and yet some organizations manage to get it done.

  • Keeping a Campus Rec Center's Construction Budget Under Control

    by Wayne L. Hughes March 2007

    Balancing macro- and microeconomic factors is vital to keeping a campus rec center project's budget under control.

  • Trade-Offs Required in Getting an Outdoor Pool Built Within Budget

    by Andrew Cohen August 2006

    Getting an outdoor aquatic facility built within budget often means making some pretty big tradeoffs.

  • A Lease on New Life

    by Marvin Bynum January 2004

    The versatility of equipment purchasing programs, especially those offering leased and refurbished equipment, can help ease the financial burden of outfitting a fitness center

  • Better Up-Front Understanding of Costs Can Lead to Desired Project Outcome

    by Eric Lagerquist & Thomas Betti September 2001

    Planning a budget for a proposed facility can be a complicated process. Consider this scenario: Officials in Town A decide to build a new community center. The town's building committee is aware that five years earlier Town B had built a community center that included a gymnasium, pool and banquet rooms. Town A's committee calls the facilities manager at Town B and is told the community center cost $6 million. If it assumed it could achieve the same results as Town B, the Town A building committee might decide to establish an identical budget of $6 million.