RECENT ARTICLES
  • 2014 Facilities of Merit: Walter J. Hawrys Campus Recreation Center

    by AB Editors October 2014

    Walter J. Hawrys Campus Recreation Center | Stony Brook University | Stony Brook, N.Y.

    What a difference color can make. More than half of the judging panel considered this project “bold,” most notably for its expression of color. One judge went so far as to call the facility’s exterior “iconic.”

  • 2014 Facilities of Merit: Middlebury College Squash Center

    by AB Editors October 2014

    Middlebury College Squash Center | Middlebury, Vt.

    There are upgrades, and then there is the Middlebury College Squash Center, which replaces an air-supported structure incapable of hosting tournaments.

  • 2014 Facilities of Merit: Holaday Athletic Center

    by AB Editors October 2014

    Holaday Athletic Center | U.S. Air Force Academy | USAFA, Colo.

    Standing six and a half stories tall and housing a regulation-size football field, the Holaday Center makes an impression based on size alone, but its design specifics drew accolades from judges.

  • 2014 Facilities of Merit: France A. Cordova Recreational Sports Center

    by AB Editors October 2014

    France A. Cordova Recreational Sports Center Expansion & Renovation | Purdue University | West Lafayette, Ind.

    The Cordova Center renovation effectively rights the wrongs of an original three-building complex by “adding on from the middle,” thus creating a central atrium with unified entry and greatly improving wayfinding once patrons are inside.

  • 2014 Facilities of Merit: David Braley Athletic & Recreation Centre

    by AB Editors October 2014

     David Braley Athletic & Recreation Centre | Mohawk College | Hamilton, Ont.

    From colored circles in the plaza paving to spot color on select wall panels and glass panes to the “Our Vision” statement at the building entrance, the Braley Center’s environmental graphics weren’t lost on our judges.

  • 2014 Facilities of Merit: Crisler Center Renovation & Addition

    by AB Editors October 2014

    Crisler Center Renovation & Addition | University of Michigan | Ann Arbor, Mich.

    Constructed in 1967, the University of Michigan’s Crisler Arena debuted upgrades in 2013 that impressed judges with their transformative effect. The like-new arena now has wider, brighter concourses to facilitate fan movement, modern fan seating options and amenities and state-of-the-art infrastructure for optimal building function.

  • Utah State Facility Ramps Up Prominence of Plyometric Training

    by Paul Steinbach October 2014

    Other college athletic training facilities have incorporated inclines for plyometric workouts, but few showcase the amenity like Utah State University.

  • Power Conferences Make Proposals on New NCAA

    by Michael Gaio October 2014

    The Big Ten announced a set of initial recommendations for the NCAA on Wednesday designed to "provide enhanced benefits for student-athletes that are members in good standing with their individual universities as part of the NCAA's new autonomy governance structure." The announcement came just a day after the ACC made a similar statement and on the same day the Pac-12 announced it too had notified the NCAA of forthcoming proposals.

  • Do Later School Start Times Benefit Student-Athletes?

    by Andrew Brandt September 2014

    Next year, three high schools in Virginia's Fauquier County are making the move to a new athletic conference, a transition that has some worried that the new competition has an unfair advantage: sleep. High schools in neighboring Loudoun county start later, at approximately 9 a.m. It's not a difference that most athletic programs might think of, but there's a growing body of evidence to suggest that later school start times are crucial to improving students' performance, academic and physical.

  • Purdue Offering Free Football Tickets to Students

    by Michael Gaio August 2014

    It’s practically an epidemic for colleges and universities around the country: How can we get students to attend football games?