RECENT ARTICLES
  • Rec Center's Carbon Monoxide Leak Sickens 11

    by Michael Gaio October 2014

    11 people were treated and at least one child remains hospitalized after an archery club was exposed to carbon monoxide at a Greeley, Colo. recreation center.

  • 2014 Facilities of Merit: Walter J. Hawrys Campus Recreation Center

    by AB Editors October 2014

    Walter J. Hawrys Campus Recreation Center | Stony Brook University | Stony Brook, N.Y.

    What a difference color can make. More than half of the judging panel considered this project “bold,” most notably for its expression of color. One judge went so far as to call the facility’s exterior “iconic.”

  • Designing Student Rec Centers for Emergency Shelter

    by Dave Larson, Guest Contributor October 2014

    It wasn't long ago that college recreation facilities conjured a drab, one-dimensional image. They housed physical education programs — in many cases, mandatory classes that students grudgingly took in order to graduate. The buildings were often bare bones, not air-conditioned and had little or no lobby or lounge space.

  • 2014 Facilities of Merit: France A. Cordova Recreational Sports Center

    by AB Editors October 2014

    France A. Cordova Recreational Sports Center Expansion & Renovation | Purdue University | West Lafayette, Ind.

    The Cordova Center renovation effectively rights the wrongs of an original three-building complex by “adding on from the middle,” thus creating a central atrium with unified entry and greatly improving wayfinding once patrons are inside.

  • 2014 Facilities of Merit: David Braley Athletic & Recreation Centre

    by AB Editors October 2014

     David Braley Athletic & Recreation Centre | Mohawk College | Hamilton, Ont.

    From colored circles in the plaza paving to spot color on select wall panels and glass panes to the “Our Vision” statement at the building entrance, the Braley Center’s environmental graphics weren’t lost on our judges.

  • 2014 Facilities of Merit: Cornell Community Centre & Library

    by AB Editors October 2014

    Cornell Community Centre & Library | Markham, Ont.

    The Cornell Community Centre & Library excited one panelist with its ability to integrate a health care component: “Yes, it can be done.”

  • AB Survey: Tell Us About Your Rec Center

    by AB Editors October 2014

    How many basketball courts does your facility really need? Is racquetball still popular? Is anyone using your locker rooms?

  • 2014 Facilities of Merit: Audley Recreation Centre

    by AB Editors October 2014

    Audley Recreation Centre | Ajax, Ont.

    More than one judge expressed appreciation for the execution of Audley Recreation Centre’s straightforward design, as well as its role as a town centerpiece that still fits perfectly within its surroundings.

  • In Facility Design, Changing Course Needn't Be a Crisis

    by David Rose, Guest Contributor October 2014

    Perhaps you’re in the enviable position of having hired an architect, who recommended an owner’s representative, who in turn handled the hiring of a general contractor, and the four of you have planned and are constructing a great new building. Or, perhaps not. Maybe you hired an architect, fired that architect, and have since had to assemble and reassemble your planning team, player by player, at different times — and will still end up with a great new building.

  • 2014 Facilities of Merit: Auburn University Recreation and Wellness Center

    by AB Editors October 2014

    Auburn University Recreation and Wellness Center | Auburn, Ala.

    The Auburn University Recreation and Wellness Center wowed judges with its signature element, a crisscrossing, corkscrewing walking/jogging track believed to be the longest (at one-third of a mile) of its kind in the country.