Leadership: Featured Writer Blogs
- Individuals, Stadiums Getting In on 'Pokemon Go'
by Jason Scott July 2016
Have you guys heard of this Pokemon Go thing?
Twenty years after the country was first introduced to Pikachu and the horde of collectable monsters, Pokemon is once again sweeping the nation – but this time feels different.
- Blog: Understanding the Bidding and Closeout Processes
by Max Floyd July 2016
Whether it is doing research in a laboratory, playing in an athletic contest or building a recreation center on a college campus, the old saying applies; “It is not how you start, it is how you finish.” The final three steps in a construction project are extremely important and will determine how you finish. Even though you may have done well in steps 1-6 (1. choosing the architect 2. performing a needs assessment 3. programming the spaces 4. choosing a schematic design 5. weighing in on design development and 6. understanding the construction documents), steps 7, 8 and 9 will be the final opportunity for you to have a hand in the non-operational plan. When the plans and specifications are completed, the project is ready for bid.
- Letter from the Editor: Eat Your Veggies
by Emily Attwood July 2016
This article appeared in the July/August issue of Athletic Business. Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.
- Blog: Design Development, Developing Documents
by Max Floyd June 2016
Eleanor Roosevelt once said: “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
For a few of us recreation professionals, there are times in our professional lives when we have an opportunity to cast a vision for a better tomorrow within our sphere of influence. Sometimes these ideas take the form of new programs, leagues or special events. For others, these big picture views see staff growth and increase attention to our customer base with needed individual oversight.
- Passing the Torch in Facility Design
by Emily Attwood June 2016
This article appeared in the June issue of Athletic Business. Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.
- Blog: Master Plan, Schematic Design Key to Renovation
by Max Floyd May 2016
Beginning with a concept and working toward a completed facility project, along the way there are some essential steps which must occur before the doors to your new facility can be opened. After selecting an architect, performing a needs analysis and determining the functional spaces necessary, there are seven additional steps which must follow immediately thereafter.
- At the moment...
by Emily Attwood May 2016
I can't think of a recent issue of Athletic Business that captures the feel of our industry quite as comprehensively as this one. No, we don't have any momentous, industry-changing topics this month, but what we do have speaks to the current environment of athletic, fitness and recreation professionals.
- Blog: From Concept to Completion - Sutton Center
by Max Floyd May 2016
Here at Wake Forest University, we are embarking upon a major recreational sports facility construction project.
On January 27, 2016 we made great strides towards completion by opening the 40,000-square-foot Sutton Center addition.Over the next two years we will be renovating the existing Reynolds Gymnasium adding over 207,000 square feet of revitalized indoor campus services space.
This grand endeavor will take place in three phases. As stated earlier, Phase I was the building of the Sutton Center. Phase II, which is in full swing now, will involve the renovation of the front half of the existing Reynolds Gymnasium. Phase III will follow thereafter encompassing the renovation of the back half of the Reynolds Gym. Since Phase I has been completed and we are now operational, I would like to go back to the beginning. We’ll review the key steps which took place on the way to occupancy.
- Think Big: Maximizing the Brain Power Behind Your Project
by Alex Peirce April 2016
Throughout our project, it has been a priority to engage Wisconsin students in conversations about our new facilities. We have used a variety of strategies, including open forums and electronic surveys, to solicit feedback from students before, during, and after the referendum passed. These tactics have largely been to gather general information in large-group or digital formats, but we also wanted to create an opportunity to have more targeted conversations about specific topics.
- The Path to Recreation Renovation at Wake Forest
by Max Floyd April 2016
My name is Max Floyd, and I have spent the last 22 years as the Director of Campus Recreation here at Wake Forest University. I was born and raised on Kodiak Island in Alaska where I grew to love sports, the outdoors and the ever-quest to learn and experience new things. My journey from the Alaska snow to tobacco road had several stops along the way.