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  • 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.

  • Judge Rules Synthetic Turf Can Be Installed at Park

    by Laura Godlewski June 2015

    A judge ruled that an Illinois park district can go ahead with the installation of synthetic turf at a local park after she found that the plaintiffs opposed to the synthetic turf didn’t provide enough evidence that the turf is a health risk.

  • Six Synthetic Turf Fields to Be Tested for Safety Risks

    by Laura Godlewski June 2015

    Amid concerns over the safety of the crumb rubber used in synthetic playing fields and calls for further scientific study, one organization appears to be taking the lead in getting answers. The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation will have a lab test the crumb-rubber fill that is on multiple synthetic turf playing fields funded by the foundation to determine whether there is a possible link between crumb rubber and cancer.

  • The AB Extra: June 12

    by Laura Godlewski June 2015

    This week's AB Extra features a smelly situation at Dodger Stadium, an NFL football star with plans to become a chicken farmer following his retirement, and the emergence of virtual reality technology in both football and general exercise. 

  • The AB Extra: June 5

    by Laura Godlewski June 2015

    This week's AB Extra features a mishap at the French Open, information on how to get a one-of-a-kind urinal autographed by Barry Sanders, and a unique park that opens in Chicago this weekend. 

  • The AB Extra: May 29

    by Laura Godlewski May 2015

    This week's AB Extra features a successful marketing trend in the NBA, a new app that will take pictures of fans at the STAPLES Center during the game so they don't miss a play, and a new girls' tackle football league in Utah. 

  • The AB Extra: May 15

    by Laura Godlewski May 2015

    This week's AB Extra features new plans for an abandoned outdoor stadium in Miami, the reopening of the 'world's most dangerous theme park', and a classy move by the Baltimore Orioles regarding the cancelled and rescheduled games due to protests in the city. Happy Friday!

  • New Projects: Wehrle Innovation Center | Maryland Heights Community Center

    by Emily Attwood May 2015

    Breaking Ground

    The University of Charleston breaks ground this month on its Russell and Martha Wehrle Innovation Center (above), named to reflect a $5 million contribution from the namesakes' memorial foundation. Designed by Associated Architects of Charleston, W.V., the $15.5 million project is the final piece of a $100 million campus renovation project undertaken over the past decade. Phase one will replace the existing Eddie King Gym with a new arena featuring stadium-style seating, new concessions and a walking track. Phase two will renovate the aquatic and auxiliary gymnasium areas, add racquetball courts and a climbing wall, and link the new addition to the existing fitness center. The center will also house programming space for developing innovative projects and promoting entrepreneurship.

  • The AB Extra: May 8

    by Laura Godlewski May 2015

    This edition of The AB Extra includes the story of an 80-year-old who finally atoned for missing a high school gym class, a proposed underwater tennis court in Dubai and the bizarre story of a man getting stuck in a park basketball hoop. Enjoy.

  • Two Boys Hospitalized After Tree Collapse at Park

    by Emily Attwood May 2015

    Two young boys in Chelsea, Mass., were hospitalized Monday night after a tree collapsed onto the playground where they had been playing.