• During Construction It’s Decision Time, Again and Again

    by Ralph Agostinelli June 2014

    The design is complete, the shovels are in the ground. How are you planning to spend the next 12 to 18 months, while your new building takes shape?

  • Ten Tips for Keeping Your Rec Center Looking Like New

    by Erik Kocher and Diane Guse Dahlmann June 2014

    After the long years of planning and construction, and shortly after the excitement of the grand opening, your brand new recreation facility will begin to age. This is a hard fact of life in the business of building and/or renovating popular places. That first cracked tile or tiny chip on the counter by the entrance is like the first scratch on a brand new car. It's only a matter of time before it happens.

  • Sale of HS for Temple U. Rec Space Met with Protest

    by Kristen A. Graham; Inquirer Staff Writer June 2014

    The sale of the old William Penn High School to Temple University is a done deal, as far as the Philadelphia School District is concerned. But a group of North Philadelphia neighbors is crying foul, alleging that the process was tainted and that the community's wishes were ignored in the name of political horse-trading. Dozens gathered Tuesday outside the school, waving signs and declaring their dissatisfaction.

  • Mayor's Education Focus Includes Rehabbing Rec Centers

    by Joy Lukachick June 2014

    The once bright-red jungle gym is now a faded light pink, splotched by rust. Under the play structures, eroded rifts in the mulch expose a shard of glass here, an empty ketchup packet there. The Eastdale community has been asking for major upgrades to the game room, the gym and playground at their 50-year-old city recreation center for more than a decade. Each year, the requests are denied, said Eastdale manager Dank Hawkins. But when Mayor Andy Berke took office, he said the city's 18 recreation centers would be part of his focus on education. He renamed them Youth and Family Development Centers and funneled nearly $200,000 total for each center to add computers and the Lexia reading program and mentorship programs for teens.

  • Rec Facilities Survey Fails to Ask What Residents Want

    by SCOTT TAYLOR, SCOTT TAYLOR, Staff Writer June 2014

    A survey of fields, courts and gymnasiums is the first step toward figuring out what recreation facilities the city needs, Mayor Jonathan LaBonte told city councilors Monday.

  • AB's Architectural Showcase a Yearlong Affair

    by Emily Attwood June 2014

    The Architectural Showcase in June is the one issue of Athletic Business I look forward to most each year. It's also the issue I spend most of each year working on.

  • What You Bring to the Facility Planning Process

    by Jerry Burke June 2014

    Beware the architect who has all the answers, or the client who has none.

  • YMCA with 19,000 Members Plans $7.7M Expansion

    by Lawrence Budd June 2014

    The Warren County Port Authority voted Friday to issue $8.8 million in bonds, a move expected to save the YMCA in Lebanon about $800,000 on money borrowed to pay for renovations and to refinance old debt.

  • Athletic Business Architectural Showcase 2014 Map

    by AB Staff June 2014

    View 2014 AB showcase locations in a full screen map

    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.