• Successful Project Design Borne of Strong Relationships

    by Ralph Agostinelli April 2014

    School and sports administrators embarking on their first-ever capital project are sometimes surprised to learn how much architecture firms resemble other types of corporations. From the moment the architect steps in front of the building committee, making a pitch while brandishing renderings in watercolor, the image is of the architect as artist, driving this misreading of design firms.

  • Ohio State's $6.3M Indoor Golf Practice Facility a Hit

    by Bob Baptist, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH April 2014

    For much of three decades, Ohio State winning a Big Ten golf championship each spring was only slightly less certain than death and taxes -- and much better to look forward to.

  • Inside the 'Fastest-Growing YMCA in the Country'

    by Laura McCrystal; Inquirer Staff Writer April 2014

    Clad in Spandex, her hair pulled back in a ponytail, and still sweaty from her exercise class, Missy Turner collected her two most important possessions: her sons, ages 1 and 3. While Turner cooled down from her workout Wednesday, the trio lingered in the lobby of the mega-complex that has become one of the region's hottest fitness venues - the Haverford Area YMCA. "It's so new and state-of-the-art," said Turner, who lives in Drexel Hill and joined in January. Free child care, plus the classes, an indoor track, and three swimming pools are among the amenities that have helped make the Haverford Y into what one organization official describes as the fastest-growing YMCA in the country. With more than 20,500 members, it has become so popular that as cars pull into the expansive parking lot, attendants with flags direct them to the few available spaces - à la the Wells Fargo Center and Citizens Bank Park during games.

  • Upscale Gym Targets Area's Top 20 Percent of Earners

    by RICHARD MULLINS; Tribune staff April 2014

    For people who normally stay at a Ritz-Carlton hotel when they travel, there is now a gym in Tampa where they'll feel right at home. The Life Time Athletic center at International Plaza opens for business this Saturday, firmly targeting the top 20 percent of earners in the area; people for whom $284 per month for a family membership is hardly worth worrying about. We don't have long-term contracts, so our task is to exceed people's expectations every time they visit, said gym General Manager Joe Liotine, while giving a tour of the massive, 55,000-square-foot facility. Ideally, that means people never think of going else where. The target customer, Liotine said, is not necessarily price conscious.

  • Health Club Plans $1M Renovation of Elementary School

    by Thomas J. Prohaska; News Niagara Reporter April 2014

    The owner of Ultimate Physique, a Lockport health club that plans to buy the closed Washington Hunt Elementary School, said it will cost him plenty to convert the two-story building into a new location for his business.

  • Kansas Senate Approves Tax Break for Health Clubs

    by Emily Attwood April 2014

    After a long and heated debate, the Kansas Senate approved a bill on Friday exempting for-profit health clubs from paying property taxes on the premise that such businesses face unfair competition from nonprofits such as the YMCA. 

  • Minnesota Seeks Consultant Help on 'Athletes Village'

    by Brian Johnson April 2014

    The University of Minnesota’s hoped-for $190 million athletics complex is still without a groundbreaking date and the fundraising effort remains a work in progress, but other project-related plans are moving forward. Late last week, the U of M put out a request for professional services to analyze everything from parking needs to site access for the proposed “athletes village” on the U of M’s East Bank. The requested “district improvements study” is a step forward in planning for the new complex, which would include an academic center, practice facilities for football and basketball, and new digs for women’s gymnastics, Olympic-style sports, and wrestling.

  • Health Club Makes $65K Offer on Closed School

    by Thomas J. Prohaska; News Niagara Reporter April 2014

    Ultimate Physique, a longtime Lockport health club, has offered to buy the closed Washington Hunt Elementary School for $65,000. The Lockport Board of Education voted unanimously and without comment Wednesday to place the deal on the May 20 ballot. If the voters give the go-ahead, the 33,200-square-foot, two-story school will be sold for that price.

  • Lakers Seek Practice Facility Befitting Franchise's Image

    by Mark Medina April 2014

    For all the glitz and glamour surrounding the Lakers' franchise, their current practice facility does not exactly exude such a mystique. The Lakers have only one basketball court and its office space is somewhat cramped. So in an effort both to expand room for their day- to-day operations and provide a mechanism to lure free agents beyond their storied championship history, the Lakers plan to build a modern practice facility in El Segundo.

  • Flood Emergency Provides Lessons in Crisis Management

    by Rob Bishop and Barry Klein March 2014

    As a gym owner or manager, there's one phone call, above all others, that you do not want at 1 a.m. — a call from your alarm company.