• County Cleared to Buy Sports Center at Bargain $10M


    A judge has cleared the way for Ramsey County to purchase the Vadnais Sports Center for $10.55 million, giving the county a state-of-the-art recreational complex for less than half the price that private investors paid to build it four years ago. Ramsey County Probate Judge David Higgs on Tuesday approved a request from U.S. Bank, the trustee acting on behalf of those investors, to sell the financially troubled sports center, located in Vadnais Heights, to the county.

  • 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.