Facilities: Gym & Fieldhouse
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.
U. of Alabama MAC Is a Transparent Showpiece
by Paul Steinbach April 2014
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).
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.