Facilities: Gym & Fieldhouse
- Why a Northern High School Opted for an Indoor Practice Facility
by Paul Steinbach December 2015
The tour — the story — starts in a decades-old gymnasium. It was while assessing this modest space in 2006-07, with its original bleachers and hardwood court badly in need of refinishing, that administrators at Hamilton High School began to think big. Enrollment had doubled since the school was built in Sussex, Wis., in 1963. Athletics participation had increased by 33 percent, six sports programs had been added, and interior training space was at a premium. Track athletes were running hurdles down terrazzo hallways. Cheerleaders were doing stunts over library carpeting. Field sports participants in this evolving era of year-round specialization had no place to practice off-season, as Wisconsin's winters rendered the outdoors off limits.
- Spotlight: Indoor Sports Surfaces
by AB Editors December 2015
Indoor sports Surfaces
- Basketball Court Design as Branding Tool
by Emily Attwood December 2015
Remember when the University of Oregon changed the look of college basketball with its evergreen-silhouetted court at Matthew Knight Arena in 2011? Or when Florida International University's beach-towel-themed court raised some eyebrows in 2013? The two are notable examples in a growling list of unique court designs. past summer, the University of Maryland unveiled its new flag-bordered design at the XFINITY Center; Northern Kentucky University unveiled a floor "watermarked" with a Norse ship at BB&T Arena; and a handful of NBA teams unveiled new court designs. "Over the past four or five years, there's been a tremendous focus for branding opportunities on basketball courts and getting your message out," says John Prater, president of Chattanooga, Tenn.-based Praters Athletic Flooring, the creative spark behind some of college athletics' most iconic basketball courts.
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by AB Staff November 2015
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- Flexible Gym Design Accommodates More than Just Basketball
by Wayne L. Hughes November 2015
Many colleges, municipalities and high schools host sports, events and meetings in gymnasiums filled with history. But many of today's gyms — built in the 1970s, '60s and even earlier — were primarily sized for basketball: A standard 50-foot-wide court of 94 feet in length (at the college level) or 84 feet (at the high school level), and a (typically) too-small clearance around the perimeter. The perimeter walls were often structural, load-bearing walls of concrete block or brick.
- Six Injured in Construction Collapse at Bryant University
by Jason Scott September 2015
Six construction workers were injured Tuesday when the steel framework of the field house they were working on suddenly collapsed at Bryant University in Rhode Island.
- 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.
- 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"
- 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.
- 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.