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  • Special Recreation Association Opens Standalone Facility

    by Susan DeMar Lafferty. slafferty@southtownstar.com June 2014

    A teaching kitchen is one of many easily accessible features in the Lincolnway Special Recreation Association's new center. Wheelchairs can simply slide under the sink or stove and tables can be raised and lowered to accommodate any user.

  • Athletic Business Architectural Showcase 2014 Map

    by AB Staff June 2014

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    This year marks the 27th year of Athletic Business's Architectural Showcase and 29th Facility of Merit awards program. The University of Tennessee's Neyland Stadium graced the cover of the first "Showcase on Architecture" as it was initially called, one of 45 facilities to be highlighted in the June 1988 issue.

    Not surprisingly, facilities have gotten bigger and more expensive since our first Showcase — there is a more than $100 million difference between the most expensive project this year and its counterpart in 1988 — but there's still room for smaller projects. College projects continue to dominate the market, though preferences have changed — a campus-rec standard today, climbing walls were all but nonexistent in facilities of the '80s.

  • The Keys to a Smooth Construction Approval Process

    by Ralph Agostinelli May 2014

    A gymnasium is a big building. If you're constructing a gym in or next to a residential area, you need to make sure it fits into the fabric of the neighborhood.

  • Fenced-In Synthetic Turf Riles Neighbors

    by Debbie Kelley debbie.kelley@gazette.com May 2014

    Frank and Sandy Rakoczy gaze out their window and sigh. A tall chain-link fence topped with barbed wire stares back. "It's not an attractive-looking thing," Nancy says, shaking her head. Workers from Performance Recreation in Pueblo have removed the sod from the athletic field at Eagleview Middle School in Rockrimmon, as they prepare the ground for artificial turf. It's the new status quo for schools in Academy School District 20.

  • Plastic Bottle Initiative Helping to Green Athletic Facilities

    by Emily Attwood May 2014

    For years, Americans have been encouraged to decrease our consumption of bottled water and use reusable beverage containers, cutting down on the number of plastic bottles that end up in landfills. Despite the efforts of various sustainability campaigns, the Beverage Marketing Corporation reported that bottled water consumption reached an all-time high in 2012 when Americans consumed 9.7 million gallons of water, 65 percent of that in the form of single-use disposable bottles.

  • UW Students Decry Simultaneous Rec Center Closings

    by By Pat Schneider , The Capital Times pschneider@madison.com May 2014

    Student leaders at UW-Madison say athletic department officials did not disclose the full picture of their plans for campus facilities when students threw their support behind a March referendum that approved a $223 million upgrade of recreational sports facilities.

  • Park District Quick to Pay Down Debt on YMCA Purchase

    by Mick Zawislak mzawislak@dailyherald.com May 2014

    Developer contributions from a new residential project underway on Route 45 will allow the Vernon Hills Park District to make an early payment on a $2 million loan from the village.

  • Storage Space Crucial to Any Rec or Fitness Facility

    by Jerry Burke May 2014

    “Not enough storage” is a frequent lament of recreation center operators. I feel for them. I’ve watched countless owners embark on new construction projects determined to avoid this situation, only to go down the same road as their peers. What happens is, you hit the limit on the amount of space you think you can build under their budget. The owners then look at the plan and try to expand their usable program space by cutting back on their storage space, rather than add to the footprint to keep their desired amount of program space and maintain their corresponding storage needs.

  • How to Plan for Future Campus Rec Facility Expansion

    by Colleen McKenna April 2014

    When contemplating aging facilities, architects and facility operators across the country often ask the same question: "What were they thinking? There is no room to expand!"

  • Successful Project Design Borne of Strong Relationships

    by Ralph Agostinelli April 2014

    School and sports administrators embarking on their first-ever capital project are sometimes surprised to learn how much architecture firms resemble other types of corporations. From the moment the architect steps in front of the building committee, making a pitch while brandishing renderings in watercolor, the image is of the architect as artist, driving this misreading of design firms.