Leadership: Building Blogs
- Five Steps to a Successful Architect-Client Kick-Off
by Stephen Springs August 2017
When an architect and a client sit down for the first time to discuss a project that likely will consume the majority of their waking hours for many months, it’s important for that kick-off meeting to accomplish specific tasks. For the client, this means already knowing the answers to critical questions about budgets and timelines.
- Rec Facility Planning: How to Design for Diversity
by Stephen Springs July 2017
In previous posts, I wrote about six factors that impact recreation facility design: the importance of holistic planning, the drive for self-sufficiency, the impact of sharing spaces, never-ending technology demands, generational changesand the importance of offering healthcare options. The seventh and final factor — embracing a culture of ethnic diversity — also might be the most important one, considering the divides that exist in the United States today.
- Why to Consider a Healthcare Facet for Your Rec Center
by Stephen Springs May 2017
More factors than ever must be taken into consideration when planning and designing a recreation center in 2017. Up until this point, I’ve covered five of them: the importance of holistic planning, the drive for self-sufficiency, the impact of sharing spaces, never-ending technology demands and generational changes.
- Blog: Involving Students in Plans for College Recreation
by John Horn May 2017
For this blog post, I felt it was time to showcase the student involvement in the Rec Sports Master Plan. After all, the entire reason the plan even exists is due to our students. They requested the initial master plan and later voted to fund it. They suggested we take that plan to referendum, and ultimately the plan as you see it has been driven by the student voice.
- Rec Center Technology: Can You Ever Have Too Much?
by Stephen Springs April 2017
Unlike the four other major factors I’ve written about that impact recreation facility planning and design (holistic planning, sharing of similar spaces, striving for self-sufficiency and bridging generational gaps), the fifth factor — technology — demands constant vigilance to ensure all facets of a rec center function properly.
- Blog: Bridging the Generation Gap in Your Rec Center
by Stephen Springs March 2017
If you’ve been following my series of posts about factors that are changing the form and function of recreation centers, you’ll recall I’ve covered the importance of holistic planning, the impact of sharing spaces and the drive for self-sufficiency.
- Blog: Southeast Recreation Facility Core Design Values
by John Horn February 2017
You’re about to sit down and design a university recreation center. But where do you start?
With the Southeast Recreation Facility (SERF), we felt the best place to start was to create a list of our core design values by holding discussions with our key stakeholders. This included our own staff, students (lots and lots of students), paying members, intercollegiate athletics (for the competition pool), and the community. We have used the list below as a guide in every design workshop to make sure we keep our values and priorities aligned.
- Blog: Can Recreation Centers Be Entirely Self-Sufficient?
by Stephen Springs February 2017
The past 20 years have seen massive changes in the recreation facility planning and design process. As an architect, it is my job to help devise solutions to this accelerated pace of change on a daily basis.
- Blog: Educating Community on Our Stadium Project
by Valerie Little, Associate AD - McKinney ISD January 2017
Editor’s note: In May 2016, voters approved a bond package that allowed the McKinney (Texas) Independent School District to construct a multi-million-dollar high school football stadium. Construction on the project began in December 2016, and is expected to be complete in late 2017. Valerie Little, Associate AD for McKinney ISD, will be providing an exclusive inside look at coordinating the effort.
Well, the stadium is finally making progress. We can see an aerial view of the outline of the building from our drone, and this week construction crews will drill the large piers, which will form the base of our athletic building.
- Blog: Sharing Recreation Space with Other Programs
by Stephen Springs January 2017
In a previous post, I explained one of the top seven factors that are changing the form and function of recreation centers: holistic planning.
In this post, I'll discuss a second factor at play in planning and designing facilities, and that is programming and services. Forward-thinking planners are developing strategies for sharing services under the same roof, eliminating redundancies in current options and providing new opportunities that might otherwise not be possible in a single facility.
Among the increasingly popular options are merging recreation centers and senior centers into multigenerational facilities, using the same spaces to create multiple-use facilities, and combining traditionally independent services, such as police operations and recreation programming.