• End-to-End Practice Courts Afford K-State Flexibility

    by Paul Steinbach June 2014

    When one thinks of multi-court gymnasiums, a boxy side-by-side configuration typically comes to mind. The two-year-old basketball training facility at Kansas State University, designed by Kansas City, Mo.-based Populous, instead features two courts placed end to end.

  • Recreation to Return to Legendary Prep Gym Site

    by Bill Leffler June 2014

    Many of us can remember when some of the best high school basketball ever was played in a little gymnasium on Portsmouth Boulevard. That goes back a half century when Frederick Military Academy was established. It operated until 1985.

  • During Construction It’s Decision Time, Again and Again

    by Ralph Agostinelli June 2014

    The design is complete, the shovels are in the ground. How are you planning to spend the next 12 to 18 months, while your new building takes shape?

  • Rival Developers Proceeding with Separate Rink Plans

    by laura kinsler; Tribune staff June 2014

    - When Gordie Zimmermann announced plans last month for a massive ice-skating complex on Interstate 75, it seemed to put an end to speculation about where Pasco County's first ice rink would be built. But rival Pat DeLorenzo said he hasn't given up his dream to build a hockey arena one exit north, on County Road 54 near The Grove shopping center. We're going forward, DeLorenzo said.

  • U. of Florida Budgets for Major Renovation Projects

    by David Jones, Florida Today June 2014

    - The University of Florida's athletic budget for the 2014-15 school year was approved by the University Athletic Association, the department's fundraising arm, on Tuesday.

  • Sixers Given $82M in Tax Credits to Build Facility in NJ

    by Julia Terruso; Inquirer Staff Writer June 2014

    In one of the most generous development deals in state history, New Jersey awarded the 76ers $82 million in tax credits over 10 years to build a practice facility on Camden's waterfront. The dollar-for-dollar exchange allows the Sixers to recoup every cent they spend - not to exceed $82 million - on construction of a 120,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility and team headquarters. For Camden, it means 250 new jobs - about 200 of which are already filled by Sixers administrators, players, and staff - and the hope that the state-of-the-art behemoth lures additional developers to its tax revenue-strapped city. The state predicts the deal will net $76.6 million over 35 years, but naysayers called the projection inflated and questioned how the move will help local residents. "This will be the biggest and best training facility ever built in the U.S.," Sixers CEO Scott O'Neil said at a news conference Tuesday, after a meeting of the state's Economic Development Authority (EDA) at which the board voted unanimously to approve the project.

  • Five Injured by Falling Batting Cage in Gym

    by Emily Attwood June 2014

    It wasn’t the action on the court that got fans’ hearts pumping at a high school summer volleyball match held at Goshen College Recreational-Fitness Center in Indiana this past Monday.

  • Board to Take Revote on Sale of School to Gym Owner

    by Thomas J. Prohaska; News Niagara Reporter June 2014

    LOCKPORT - The Lockport Board of Education decided Wednesday night to hold a second referendum on the sale of the closed Washington Hunt Elementary School. The seven board members who showed up for Wednesday's work session unanimously decided to hold the vote from noon to 9 p.m. July 29 at the same six polling places used for the May 20 budget referendum.

  • Athletic Business Architectural Showcase 2014 Map

    by AB Staff June 2014

    View 2014 AB showcase locations in a full screen map

    This year marks the 27th year of Athletic Business's Architectural Showcase and 29th Facility of Merit awards program. The University of Tennessee's Neyland Stadium graced the cover of the first "Showcase on Architecture" as it was initially called, one of 45 facilities to be highlighted in the June 1988 issue.

    Not surprisingly, facilities have gotten bigger and more expensive since our first Showcase — there is a more than $100 million difference between the most expensive project this year and its counterpart in 1988 — but there's still room for smaller projects. College projects continue to dominate the market, though preferences have changed — a campus-rec standard today, climbing walls were all but nonexistent in facilities of the '80s.

  • The Keys to a Smooth Construction Approval Process

    by Ralph Agostinelli May 2014

    A gymnasium is a big building. If you're constructing a gym in or next to a residential area, you need to make sure it fits into the fabric of the neighborhood.