Facilities: Gym & Fieldhouse
Sports Complex Site Selection Challenged, Explained
by Leann Eckroth, The Bismarck Tribune June 2015
Some Mandan city commissioners and residents expressed surprise at the park board's quick offer to buy land near the Tesoro Refinery for a future sports complex.
2015 Showcase by the Numbers
by AB Staff June 2015
Wondering what the spread of this year's submissions looks like? Projects in the college market dominated, offering a healthy array of athletic, fitness and recreation endeavors. As far as design, an overarching theme across all markets was creating a sense of place through the use of grand and welcoming entrances and atriums, often featuring abundant glass and skylights.
In Chicago, a $9.8M Tennis Center for Inner-City Kids
by Fran Spielman, Chicago Sun-Times June 2015
For nine years, Corinne Salter has spent five days a week at her "second home" otherwise known as XS Tennis. For the first five years, she was more like the "mascot" for the nation's largest minority tennis organization.
U. of Alabama MAC Is a Transparent Showpiece
by Paul Steinbach June 2015
By design, multipurpose activity courts are confined spaces — their dasher systems often relegated to out-of-the-way reaches of a recreation center's footprint. In some cases, MACs are completely enclosed rooms of floor-to-ceiling cinderblock. Not so at the University of Alabama's Student Activity Center at Presidential Village, where the MAC — and the activities it accommodates — is on full display. Glass dashers standing eight feet tall surround most of the synthetic playing surface lined for basketball, hockey and soccer, with netting extending to the rafters to keep projectiles in and out. Convertible goals can be recessed for soccer or brought into the field of play for hockey (with glass added to close off the rink end walls).
The MAC is situated as one of three courts in an otherwise hardwood gym on the center's second level. It's the first element visitors see as they reach the top of a monumental staircase. Says Dave Larson, senior vice president and director of design for Bloomfield Hills, Mich.-based TMP Architecture Inc., "We wanted a transparent element that wouldn't break up the flow of the space visually."
This article originally appeared in the May 2015 issue of Athletic Business with the title "Design Details"
Must-Have Practice Facilities No Longer a CFB Luxury
by Seth Emerson; Staff May 2015
Indoor facilities have become the latest topic du jour when it comes to the SEC arms race. Georgia and Florida were the last holdouts, with Florida finally set to open one in September. South Carolina, which had a medium-length indoor facility, is opening a full-length one in a few months.
In Texas, High School Gym Becomes Flood Shelter
by Judith McGinnis email@example.com 940-763-7534 May 2015
The evacuation of the Tanglewood neighborhood and some of the city’s east side had agencies busy in efforts to help families affected by the growing threat of flooding. The Wichita River has been expected to crest Friday.
Synthetic Indoor Sports Systems Have Much to Offer
by Paul Steinbach May 2015
Seen mostly in multipurpose activity courts, practice gyms and family life centers, synthetic indoor sports surfacing has not fully adhered itself to the consciousness of those specifying floors in competition venues — at least not in the United States, where hardwood has been considered the basketball gold standard for more than a century.
State's First HS Indoor Practice Facility Envy of Many
by Mark Stewart, firstname.lastname@example.org Milwaukee Journal Sentinel May 2015
It all started with the idea of putting a bubble over the school's tennis courts so that players would have a dry place to play.
Nonprofit Pushes Plan for Indoor Multipurpose Facility
by Daily News staff May 2015
The nonprofit Southwest Florida Soccer Foundation continues to move toward a facility at North Collier Regional Park if the finances can be worked out.
Portable Synthetic Turf Growing Within Athletic, Fitness Markets
by Paul Steinbach April 2015
It's springing up on top of basketball courts and inside hockey dasher boards, and thriving within a new workout environment that emphasizes sprints and agility drills alongside atypical strength training. But to say that synthetic turf is taking root in a variety of indoor spaces these days would be missing the point, or at least misusing the metaphor.