RECENT ARTICLES
  • Proper Cleaning and Maintenance for Hardwood Courts

    by Emily Attwood May 2014

    A hardwood court is a big investment for any athletic facility. Like any big investment, organizations want to do whatever they can to take care of it. But when the people in charge of the court are unfamiliar with proper basic care, they tend to end up doing too much — or not enough. "With gym floors, there's so many misconceptions about what you're supposed to or not supposed to do because the floor is wood," says Bill Price Jr., national sport manger with Aurora, Colo.-based hardwood care specialist Bona. "The people who maintain floors have grown up with the notion that you can't put water on wood. For that reason, most gym floors get neglected. They don't get the proper maintenance because people are afraid."

  • 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.

  • Inspections, Monitoring Key to Optimal Gym Operation

    by Emily Attwood March 2014

    When everything in a facility is in good working order and operating smoothly, it's all too easy for staff members to become complacent, trusting that everything will stay that way.

  • Maximizing Field Use and Budgets with Seasonal Domes

    by Emily Attwood December 2013

    When the University of Cincinnati joined the Big East Conference in 2006, it was one of two member schools that didn't have an indoor practice facility for its athletic teams, an element the athletic department deemed essential if its teams wanted to stay competitive. Space for such a facility, however, was harder to come by.

  • Addressing Water Damage to Hardwood Courts

    by Emily Attwood October 2013

    It's a scene no facility manager wants to walk into on a Monday morning: a gym flooded with water.

  • New Projects: University of Arkansas; State University of New York; Marshall University

    by Emily Attwood September 2013

    The University of Arkansas has begun construction on a $9.6 million practice facility for its baseball and track and field programs.

  • Coming Monday: 2013 Facilities of Merit Winners

    by Emily Attwood September 2013

    For two weeks beginning Monday, the 10 winners of the 2013 Facilities of Merit awards will be announced on the AB Newswire.

  • How Oregon Converts a Practice Facility into a Moneymaking Party

    by Paul Steinbach August 2013

    How Oregon has mastered the moneymaking conversion of a practice facility into game-day party central.

  • Maximizing Field House Investment Through Improved Design

    by Chris Sgarzi August 2013

    Buried on the corner of campuses around the country are airplane-hangar-like metal buildings or small sheds with a few old lockers and a mess of tangled nets, cones and lacrosse sticks.

  • Syracuse Unveils Plans for New Practice Facility

    by Michael Gaio July 2013

    Syracuse University is building off its successful 2012 athletic season, literally. The school unveiled plans for a $17 million indoor practice facility on Tuesday.