Facilities: Gym & Fieldhouse
Video Emerges of Argyle Athletic Facility Collapse
by Michael Gaio April 2015
Two workers have died in the construction of a new athletic facility for Argyle High School near Dallas. Now video of the structure’s collapse that killed 36-year-old Julio Ledesma has been released.
Protecting Gym Lighting, Sprinklers and Scoreboards
by Emily Attwood April 2015
In January, dozens of visitors complained of feeling sick after attending a basketball game at Roby High School gymnasium in Texas. Administrators went so far as to have the bleachers removed and tested for chemical residue before uncovering the culprit a couple of weeks later: a broken light bulb over the visitors' bleachers emitting UV radiation.
HS Athletic Facility Construction Halted by Deaths
by Michael Gaio April 2015
After two deaths in one week, Argyle Independent School District near Dallas is halting work on a new high school athletic facility.
Architectural Showcase: A Video Tour
by AB Staff February 2015
See how Athletic Business's Architectural Showcase offers unmatched year-round exposure for new and recently renovated athletic, fitness and recreation facilities.
Florida Gators to Build Indoor Practice Facility
by Michael Gaio January 2015
It’s a new era for Florida football. The Gators recently hired a new coach in Jim McElwain and he’ll soon have a new practice facility for his team.
What Really Caused the Illnesses at Roby Gym?
by Emily Attwood January 2015
Two weeks after visiting basketball players and fans to Roby High School gymnasium in Texas reported sore throats, headaches and other symptoms, investigators have found the cause: a broken light.
Administrators initially suspected a chemical irritant used on the bleachers to be the cause of visitors' symptoms, removing the bleachers last week and having them tested. Those tests came back negative for any sign of chemical over-concentration, leaving administrators to explore other possible causes.
During the investigation, someone noticed that there was still an odor in the gym, despite the absence of the bleachers. The cause turned out to be a broken metal halide light above the visitors side bleachers, which was emitting UV rays. The UV ray exposure led to visitors' illnesses.
Roby superintendent Heath Dixon says that the school plans to replace all of the gym lighting with LED. Meanwhile, all light bulbs in the gym have been replaced with bulbs outfitted with an extra casing, which won't emit rays if broken.
How to Keep Costly ‘Scope Creep’ at Bay When Building
by Oliver Snider, Guest Contributor December 2014
Reading The New York Times’ latest account of the costly and troubled World Trade Center Transportation Hub project, there came a point where I recognized that the scale of the disaster — $2 billion over budget and six years behind schedule — was all that separated that project from the typical campus project beset by scope creep.
New Projects: Wilmington Center for Sport Sciences | Armed Services YMCA
by Emily Attwood December 2014
New Projects: Campus Crossroads | Xavier University | Southlake Community Rec
by Emily Attwood November 2014
The University of Notre Dame begins construction this month on Campus Crossroads (pictured), a $400 million project that will add three academic buildings and premium seating onto Notre Dame Stadium.
Tech, Funding Drive High School Scoreboard Upgrades
by November 2014
Beyond the playing surface itself, sports fans' eyes are drawn most often to one must-have venue amenity: the scoreboard. For high school administrators committed to modernizing their facilities without the funding to do so, scoreboards are increasingly seen as a great place to start. "Budgets are tighter than they've ever been," says Mike Daniel, CEO for Murray, Ky.-based Sportable Scoreboards. "Athletics has such a broad footprint, as it draws in so many folks to the school, that athletic administrators have to come across as putting their best foot forward, and a scoreboard is a big part of that."