• 2012 Facility of Merit Winner: University of Central Missouri Student Recreation & Wellness Center Renovation and Expansion

    by Andrew Cohen October 2012

    It's a complicated renovation and addition, involving co-locating two programs within three formerly separate historic stone buildings on a tight site fronting a campus quadrangle, but the solution is actually quite simple, said AB's panel of judges. Wrapping the 1938 Morrow gymnasium so that the new structure bridges the gaps between that building and two other older buildings, the plan transforms the Morrow gym by inserting a new fitness mezzanine and expands a contemporary image to the east with a new addition. The addition was by far the most notable element, the judges said, with the new, gleaming curtainwall becoming a complementary element to the perpendicular, textured stone building on its flank. "It's all about the height, the scale and proportion of it," remarked one judge. "It really celebrates the historic buildings, and that clear juxtaposition of what was new and what was old made it a very exciting project."

  • New Projects: St. Mary's University, Florida State, University of Nebraska

    by Emily Attwood October 2011

    In a partnership with Bexar County, Texas, St. Mary's University has begun construction on the $15 million Outdoor Sports Complex.

  • Why Public Rec Center Renovations Must Be Done Right

    by Michael Popke September 2011

    On Dec. 19, 2009, the staff and patrons at the Lynnwood (Wash.) Recreation Center threw a party. After all, it would be the last time everyone could really celebrate for awhile

  • Staggered Courts Help Make Gym Less Boxy

    by Andrew Cohen September 2011

    It's difficult to avoid the big box of the gymnasium becoming a really big box, particularly when the building plan includes three basketball/volleyball courts laid side by side, the three rectangles creating one very large rectangle.

  • Recreation Services Should Be Convenient for Customers

    by Carrie Haupert-Fullerton August 2011

    We work when other people play: That's our business. Rec services need to be convenient, and it should be convenient to do business with us.

  • Air-Destratification and Dispersion Technologies Enhance Heating and Cooling Efficiencies in Large Interior Spaces

    by Paul Steinbach June 2011

    About eight years ago, Xcel Energy of Colorado paid a visit to the Longmont headquarters of Avedon Engineering, a custom manufacturer of injection-molded plastics.

  • New Projects: North Richland Hills; TCU; Auburn University Montgomery

    by Nicholas Brown April 2011

    Following Texas Christian University's undefeated football season that ended with a Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin, a $105 million renovation of Amon G. Carter Stadium began on the Fort Worth campus.

  • Biometrics Becoming Popular for Access Control at Rec Facilities

    by Nicholas Brown February 2011

    The very word biometrics tends to evoke scenes from sci-fi movies or thoughts of political intrigue. Despite that cachet, biometrics has evolved into a rather practical tool in access control.

  • Multipurpose Recreation Facilities Require Design Considerations

    by Robert McDonald January 2011

    Multipurpose. Multifunctional. Multiuse. These terms fly about in athletic facility design circles like tennis balls across a net. Sure, you can raise the basketball goals and put up the volleyball net, or open everything up and stick a couple of goals at the ends of the gym, but is that all it takes to be multipurpose?

  • Design Details: Generous Concourse Encourages Social Spaces

    by Andrew Cohen January 2011

    A generous concourse offers ample opportunities for incorporating social spaces into what would otherwise exist solely as a pedestrian thoroughfare. Helping enliven the trip between point A and point B might be a café, an informal seating area or an overlook into an activity space - or one such area that incorporates all three.