• New Projects: UNO Arena | Falcon Center | Virginia Tech Training Facility

    by Emily Attwood July 2014

    Breaking Ground

    The UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA OMAHA recently broke ground on a new $62 million arena (pictured). The 220,000-square-foot facility, designed by Lempka Edson Architects of Lenexa, Kan., in collaboration with HDR Inc. of Omaha, will provide a home arena for the university's hockey, basketball and volleyball programs, but will also host a variety of community activities. Seating in the main arena will be split between an upper and lower bowl designed to hold 7,500 hockey spectators or 8,700 basketball or volleyball fans. Club seating and suites will be included, as well. A smaller, community ice rink will offer 200 seats and eight community locker rooms. Also included will be a full hockey team suite, locker facilities for basketball and volleyball and strength training facilities for student-athletes. The project is expected to open in 2015.

  • Park District Mulls $4.75M Expansion of Rec Center

    by Russell Lissau, July 2014

    The Wauconda Park District's proposal calls for a 10,000-square-foot addition to the 21-year-old building in Cook Park. Highlights could include an expanded fitness area, group fitness classrooms, an expanded dance room and an early-childhood classroom. The facility today features a fitness center, a gymnasium, one preschool room and four multipurpose rooms.

  • Ithaca College Tower Serves as Natural Air Exchanger

    by Paul Steinbach July 2014

    Opened in the fall of 2011, the Ithaca College Athletics and Events Center combines an iconic campus presence with an innovative sustainability strategy in one monumental design element.

  • Planning and Prioritizing Renovations for Rec Centers

    by Zach Bisek July 2014

    Many communities across the country are emerging from the recession with new energy, new life and new ideas for their future. While budgets are loosening, recreation organizations are still limited when it comes to undertaking new projects. Construction of a new recreation center is still out of reach for many organizations, but long-desired renovations of an existing facility might be feasible — at least some of them.

  • Ice Hockey, Gymnastics to Share New $16M Facility

    by STEVE METSCH July 2014

    Molly Ross is looking forward to taking gymnastics lessons a little closer to home. And the 7-year-old's mother, Erin, is grateful she will be able to stay near home in Chicago's 19th Ward rather than driving to Oak Lawn for those lessons.

  • New CEO Taking Second Look at Three-Year-Old Y Plans

    by DANIEL HARTILL, Staff Writer July 2014

    Three-year-old plans for a new $15 million Auburn- Lewiston YMCA -- including a new campus on 93 acres overlooking the Androscoggin River -- still have a place in the office of the nonprofit's chief executive officer.

  • Troubled YMCA Closing, Fitness Alternatives in Works

    by BRANDON SHULLEETA July 2014

    After announcing Sunday that the Atlee Station Family YMCA will close in October because of financial struggles, the YMCA and the company that owns the building are working to offer residents other fitness options.

  • College Rec Centers the Key to a Higher GPA?

    by Michael Gaio July 2014

    Add this to the long list of benefits provided by a campus rec center: it may help students achieve better grades.

  • Coordinating Construction of Oregon's Campus Rec Center

    by Jeff McDonald July 2014

    Projects on college campuses commonly come with logistical challenges, but the University of Oregon currently has a handful. In a heavily trafficked area through the heart of campus, three contractors are tackling four projects.

  • Center Would Address Space Shortage for Seniors, Rec

    by Michelle Kearns; News Staff Reporter July 2014

    The Orchard Park town board will consider building a community center for all ages, perhaps at Brush Mountain Park, as one solution to the senior citizens' center and recreation department's need for more space.