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  • Locker Room Video Voyeur Pleads Guilty to Harassment

    by Telegraph Herald July 2014

    A Dubuque man accused of recording a woman changing in a gym locker room has pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree harassment.

  • Keeping College Athletic Laundry Operations Running Smoothly

    by Emily Attwood June 2014

    Penn State University has eight of them. The University of Alabama has nine. The University of Wisconsin recently renovated its largest, and the University of Michigan breaks ground on a new facility this summer.

  • Coach Presence Key to Keeping Locker Room Order

    by Jarrett Bell, jbell@usatoday.com, USA TODAY Sports June 2014

    The voice boomed from the back of the auditorium, without apology. Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera was worked up during a question-and-answer session

  • 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.

  • Latest Ohio State Upgrade: $2.5M Locker Room Makeover

    by Tim May, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH April 2014

    With spring practice over, the locker room at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center is off-limits to anyone who isn't wearing a hard hat. A football helmet doesn't count. A $2.5 million renovation project for Ohio State's football practice facility is in the works, the aim of which is to keep the facility among the elite nationally. Though some remodeling was done during an expansion in 2006, the locker room has been relatively unchanged since the primary building opened in 1987. "Everything we've done has been training table, weight room, training room, and now the locker room," coach Urban Meyer said about the major enhancements since he took over in late 2011. "I always tell our players and the guys we recruit, 'We're going to coach you hard.' You've been to our practices. It's sometimes unpleasant, and it's hard.

  • Guarding Athletic Locker Rooms Against MRSA

    by Dawn Shoemaker January 2014

    While there have been reports of outbreaks of MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) in hospitals and medical facilities for decades, those who contracted the disease were often older people or people with significantly weakened immune systems, leaving many athletic facility operators with their own false sense of immunity. However, the affliction of three otherwise healthy players for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this past fall, as well as five cases, including two student-athletes, reported in the Northville (Mich.) Public School District have shaken that mindset and have many athletic facility operators reevaluating their cleaning procedures.

  • Locker Room Design Goes Vertical at Oregon, Michigan

    by Paul Steinbach July 2012

    Glen E. "Bo" Schembechler Hall houses the University of Michigan's football offices, a Michigan football museum and team locker rooms.

  • Efficient Locker Room Design Maximizes Use of Small Spaces

    by Emily Attwood December 2011

    From high-tech lock technology to plush lounge areas, whirlpools, Internet access and private showers and dressing areas, it's easy to sink a significant amount of money into creating the ultimate locker room.

  • Proper Management of Saunas and Steam Rooms

    by Emily Attwood August 2011

    In Europe, saunas and steam rooms are commonplace. In Finland especially, where the traditional sauna has its roots, saunas are simply a part of life.

  • Lock Specification is Key to Locker Room Design

    by Nicholas Brown January 2011

    There are few components in any recreation center, aquatics center or health club that nearly every facility user is guaranteed to touch on nearly every visit. One of those components is the locker door lock. And unlike major program spaces or available exercise equipment, locks are unlikely to be one of the amenities that initially draws patrons to a given facility.