• Deteriorating Philly Roller Hockey Rink Gets $40K Save

    by DAN GERINGER; Daily News Staff Writer, 215-854-5961 February 2014

    Jason Wentzell, who has been a Philadelphia police officer for 17 years, grew up playing roller hockey at the Fishtown Rec Rink and firmly believes it saved his life.

  • U. of Wisconsin Students to Vote on $223M Rec Expansion

    by KAREN HERZOG, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel February 2014

    Madison - The state's flagship campus is at the bottom of the Big 10 in space devoted to student fitness, but that could change if students agree next month to pay higher fees toward what campus officials say is a much-needed $223 million expansion of recreational facilities. University of Wisconsin System Regent David Walsh noted during a Board of Regents committee meeting Thursday that raising segregated fees is a hot-button issue, as rising tuition and fees have been blamed for escalating student debt. Student fees pay for recreational facilities, residence halls, dining facilities and student activities.

  • Construction Nears Completion on $40M Kroc Center

    by Jennifer Mason February 2014

    By Jennifer Mason The Virginian-Pilot Workers bolted together sections of a two-story water slide last week at The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center.

  • New Projects: Missouri-St. Louis | MSU | Fort Walton Beach

    by Emily Attwood February 2014

    The University of Missouri-St. Louis (above) has begun construction of a new $36 million recreation and wellness center. Located just south of the student center, the 94,000-square-foot facility will include a three-court gymnasium, a swimming pool, training rooms and an elevated jogging track. The center, designed by St. Louis-based Cannon Design, is expected to be completed by fall 2015.

  • Church's Rec Facility will Rival Many Commercial Gyms

    by McClatchy-Tribune February 2014

    FORKS OF ELKHORN, Ky. - Todd Lester, pastor of Forks of Elkhorn Baptist Church near Midway, knows people don't always come to church through the front door.

  • Making Tracks a Focal Point of Recreation Center Design

    by James Braam January 2014

    A common objective when designing recreation centers is to showcase the activity inside the building to passersby and to visitors as they enter the building's lobby. And yet one of the least-utilized components of recreation centers to be given such visibility is one of the most active of all: the walking/jogging track.

  • New Projects: Nippert Stadium | Agoura Hills Rec | Almont Park

    by Emily Attwood December 2013

    Breaking Ground

    A renovation and expansion of the University of Cincinnati's Nippert Stadium (above) kicks off this month. The $86 million privately funded project will increase the stadium's capacity from 35,000 to 40,000 and include a new press box, suites and club seats. Renovations to the west concourse will include updates to the concessions stands and restrooms. Heery International, based in Atlanta, is lead architect on the project, which is expected to wrap up in August 2015.

  • 'Community' in a Building Name Fundamentally Alters Its Design

    by Mark Hentze December 2013

    New public recreation facilities all share similar starting points. The municipality has determined either that it has greater needs than it currently has space, or that its current offerings have left certain neighborhoods or user groups underserved. Recreation officials believe they have a good handle on exactly what is needed and where, but because of the agency's charge to serve the public and the need to get community members behind the project, they decide to bring the community at large into the conversation about what the priorities should be.

  • ABC: Tour Showcases Two Distinct Rec Center Designs

    by Super User November 2013

    Before a tour of Long Beach State’s three-year-old recreation center even began, associate director of recreation Sean Del Rossi alerted some 70 ABC attendees that they would later step into a “bizarro world” once the tour took them to the University of California-Irvine’s counterpart facility. In terms of programming layout, left would be right and vice versa.

  • College Dance Department, Fitness Coexist in Maximization of Space

    by Steve Nelson October 2013

    When Kendall Hall was constructed in 1950, replacing Blanchard Hall gymnasium on the Mount Holyoke College campus, it must have been a wonder.