• Designing Tracks for Recreational Users

    by Emily Attwood December 2014

    A staple in any modern recreation center is the walking or jogging track. It is typically found elevated around the gymnasium, offering the user views of the activity below — a sensible arrangement, but not necessarily the best, depending on the size of the facility.

  • Rec Center's New Dress Code to Help Combat MRSA

    by Andrew Brandt November 2014

    Beginning in early January, those who occupy certain sections of Southern Illinois University's recreation center will be forced to wear sleeves.

  • New Projects: Anderson University | Kent Recreation Center | Mesa High School

    by Emily Attwood November 2014

    Breaking Ground

  • Colleges Using Data to Justify Lavish Rec Centers

    by Andrew Brandt October 2014

    Across the country, college rec centers have gone from places to shoot hoops with your pals to centerpieces of campuses, and one of the major ways to attract new students.

  • CU's Rec Center Seeks Affordable and Efficient Cooling Fix

    by Andrew Brandt October 2014

    This past spring, the University of Colorado-Boulder opened its newly renovated recreation center. Among the new features wowing users and making waves was its pool is shaped like the school's mascot, the buffalo.

  • Rec Center's Carbon Monoxide Leak Sickens 11

    by Michael Gaio October 2014

    11 people were treated and at least one child remains hospitalized after an archery club was exposed to carbon monoxide at a Greeley, Colo. recreation center.

  • 2014 Facilities of Merit: Walter J. Hawrys Campus Recreation Center

    by AB Editors October 2014

    Walter J. Hawrys Campus Recreation Center | Stony Brook University | Stony Brook, N.Y.

    What a difference color can make. More than half of the judging panel considered this project “bold,” most notably for its expression of color. One judge went so far as to call the facility’s exterior “iconic.”

  • Designing Student Rec Centers for Emergency Shelter

    by Dave Larson, Guest Contributor October 2014

    It wasn't long ago that college recreation facilities conjured a drab, one-dimensional image. They housed physical education programs — in many cases, mandatory classes that students grudgingly took in order to graduate. The buildings were often bare bones, not air-conditioned and had little or no lobby or lounge space.

  • 2014 Facilities of Merit: France A. Cordova Recreational Sports Center

    by AB Editors October 2014

    France A. Cordova Recreational Sports Center Expansion & Renovation | Purdue University | West Lafayette, Ind.

    The Cordova Center renovation effectively rights the wrongs of an original three-building complex by “adding on from the middle,” thus creating a central atrium with unified entry and greatly improving wayfinding once patrons are inside.

  • 2014 Facilities of Merit: David Braley Athletic & Recreation Centre

    by AB Editors October 2014

     David Braley Athletic & Recreation Centre | Mohawk College | Hamilton, Ont.

    From colored circles in the plaza paving to spot color on select wall panels and glass panes to the “Our Vision” statement at the building entrance, the Braley Center’s environmental graphics weren’t lost on our judges.