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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Accommodating Members During Locker Room Renovations

    by Emily Attwood July 2013

    The locker rooms are an integral part of a fitness facility, serving nearly every user who enters the building.

  • 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. Until a recent renovation, it also reflected a desire of the late coaching legend whose name graces the facility (opened in 1990) to begin building class unity among incoming freshmen by having them dress in their own space - separated from the rest of the varsity by the locker room's wet areas.

  • 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.

  • Successful Laundry Operations Depend on Chemical Supplier

    by Nicholas Brown October 2010

    The success of any athletics laundry operation often depends on an outside party - the chemical supplier.

  • Locker Room Shoot Proves Too Steamy for UCF Officials

    by Paul Steinbach August 2010

    George O'Leary is not master of his domain.

    Turns out the University of Central Florida's head football coach overstepped his bounds when he allowed a local entertainment magazine called aXis access to the Knights' locker room for a photo shoot of UCF alum Shanna McLaughlin, better known for her pictorial in the July issue of Playboy. While it didn't include nudity, the aXis locker room shoot, in which McLaughlin suggestively tugged on her UCF-logoed tank top and bikini bottoms, proved too steamy for university officials once video appeared online Aug. 7.