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  • 2015 Showcase by the Numbers

    by AB Staff June 2015

    Wondering what the spread of this year's submissions looks like? Projects in the college market dominated, offering a healthy array of athletic, fitness and recreation endeavors. As far as design, an overarching theme across all markets was creating a sense of place through the use of grand and welcoming entrances and atriums, often featuring abundant glass and skylights.

  • New Projects: Foley Sports Tourism Complex | IU Natatorium

    by Emily Attwood June 2015

    Breaking Ground

    The Rockford Park District and Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau have broken ground on the Downtown Sports Complex, (above) the latest phase in the Illinois city's Reclaiming First initiative, which aims to revitalize sports tourism in the area. The complex will redevelop an old manufacturing building into a 100,000-square-foot court facility designed to host basketball, volleyball, wrestling, pickleball and other events. Designed by Sink Combs Dethlefs of Chicago, Ill., the $30 million project also includes renovations to the city's outdoor athletic complexes, Sportscore One and Sportscore Two, as well as the city's Indoor Sports Complex. The Downtown Sports Complex is expected to open in June 2016, as are five lighted multipurpose turf fields and an indoor soccer field at Sportscore Two. 

  • The Market for Public Recreation Projects Is Rebounding

    by Emily Attwood June 2015

    Two years ago, the public recreation submissions to the Architectural Showcase could be divided into two distinct categories: those costing more than $5 million and those costing less. All but one of the facilities in the former category are located in Canada.

  • Wellness Facilities Can Inspire Campus Rec Design

    by Tom Seymour and Anita Picozzi Moran June 2015

    Obesity continues to be one of the top health challenges nationwide. U.S. employers report a clear impact in higher costs and lower productivity, with overweight employees costing companies more than $73 billion a year, according to a recent report by the Northeast Business Group on Health.

  • Duke Will Let Visiting Students Buy Gym Membership

    by Laura Godlewski June 2015

    Students visiting Duke University will now be able to buy memberships to recreational facilities after a university policy was overturned following an online petition.

  • Man Atop 80-Foot Light Pole Leads to Rec Facility Closures

    by Laura Godlewski May 2015

    Authorities had to close an aquatic center and cancel events at several recreation facilities in Surprise, Ariz., a suburb of Phoenix, on Thursday after a man climbed to the top of an 80-foot light pole at Surprise Recreational Field and refused to come down for more than three hours.

  • Child's Injury Raises Questions About Rec Center Oversight

    by Laura Godlewski May 2015

    A Georgia mother is upset after she says her child was injured while playing on faulty equipment at a county recreation center. 

    Hilary Logan’s 11 year-old son J.J. was playing near a foam pit at the Tucker Recreation Center in DeKalb County when he fell into the foam pit and bumped his head. 

  • New Projects: Wehrle Innovation Center | Maryland Heights Community Center

    by Emily Attwood May 2015

    Breaking Ground

    The University of Charleston breaks ground this month on its Russell and Martha Wehrle Innovation Center (above), named to reflect a $5 million contribution from the namesakes' memorial foundation. Designed by Associated Architects of Charleston, W.V., the $15.5 million project is the final piece of a $100 million campus renovation project undertaken over the past decade. Phase one will replace the existing Eddie King Gym with a new arena featuring stadium-style seating, new concessions and a walking track. Phase two will renovate the aquatic and auxiliary gymnasium areas, add racquetball courts and a climbing wall, and link the new addition to the existing fitness center. The center will also house programming space for developing innovative projects and promoting entrepreneurship.

  • Fitness Programming Trends at Prominent College Rec Centers

    by Stuart Goldman May 2015

    Take a stroll through Downtown Brewer at the University of Missouri's Student Recreation Complex, also known as MizzouRec. Just like a real downtown where stores come and go, you'll see two new storefronts in Downtown Brewer that opened this year: Clark's Boxing Gym and Stalcup's Garage.

  • Design Details: New Use for Repurposed Basketball Floor

    by Paul Steinbach May 2015

    Several athletic facilities have taken hardwood from dismantled gymnasium floors and found new uses for it, but few have gotten as much mileage out of the concept as Delaware State University's Wellness and Recreation Center.