RECENT ARTICLES
  • 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.

  • Our Common Ground

    by Emily Attwood March 2016

    This article appeared in the April issue of Athletic Business. Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.

  • Blog: Missouri Scholarship-Pulling Bill Is Asinine

    by Jason Scott December 2015

    While checking Twitter yesterday as I often do during the afternoon, I noticed some reporters that I follow out of Columbia, Mo. (the home of my alma mater, the University of Missouri) tweeting about a proposed bill in the state legislature that would automatically revoke the scholarship of any athlete who refuses to play for reasons not related to health. It would also call for coaches who support such strikes to be fined by their institution.

  • Blog: Tackling Improvements to Outdoor Athletic Fields

    by Alex Peirce November 2015

    Editors' note: In March 2014, students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison approved a $223 million referendum to overhaul the campus recreation facilities, badly in need of improvement. Since then, the recreation program has been busy planning, fundraising, vetting architects and much more. As the project progresses, Alex Peirce, UW-Madison Rec Sports Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications, will be offering an inside look at the process of coordinating such a monumental planning effort.

    Our Master Plan kicks off with improvements to our Near West Fields, an outdoor facility that hosts many of our Intramural Sports activities and Sport Clubs events. Scheduled for completion next fall, the Near West Fields project is currently still in the design phase. Today’s post focuses on our progress on this project and the insights and lessons we’ve learned along the way. Our Associate Directors shared their insights on researching and analyzing products, selecting an architect, and designing for a variety of programs.

  • Blog: Leadership Void Apparent at University of Missouri

    by Stuart Goldman November 2015

    The recent events at the University of Missouri have shown both a leadership void in key positions at the school as well as strong leadership values on campus.

  • Blog: Engaging Stakeholders Early Step to Rec Success

    by Alex Peirce November 2015

    Editors' note: In March 2014, students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison approved a $223 million referendum to overhaul the campus recreation facilities, badly in need of improvement. Since then, the recreation program has been busy planning, fundraising, vetting architects and much more. As the project progresses, Alex Peirce, UW-Madison Rec Sports Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications, will be offering an inside look at the process of coordinating such a monumental planning effort.

    One of the most exciting aspects of campaigning for and designing new facilities is the amount of people impacted by bigger spaces, new programs, and more opportunities. This is also one of the most challenging aspects. When you have a wide variety of stakeholders, each group has vested interests, specific concerns, and a unique vision for the final project. Here are a few suggestions on how you can identify and engage different audiences throughout the preliminary stages of your project, whether that’s in your campaign or design phase.