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  • Ithaca College Tower Serves as Natural Air Exchanger

    by Paul Steinbach July 2014

    Opened in the fall of 2011, the Ithaca College Athletics and Events Center combines an iconic campus presence with an innovative sustainability strategy in one monumental design element.

  • Planning and Prioritizing Renovations for Rec Centers

    by Zach Bisek July 2014

    Many communities across the country are emerging from the recession with new energy, new life and new ideas for their future. While budgets are loosening, recreation organizations are still limited when it comes to undertaking new projects. Construction of a new recreation center is still out of reach for many organizations, but long-desired renovations of an existing facility might be feasible — at least some of them.

  • College Rec Centers the Key to a Higher GPA?

    by Michael Gaio July 2014

    Add this to the long list of benefits provided by a campus rec center: it may help students achieve better grades.

  • New Projects: University of Colorado; Guilford High School; Fairfield University

    by Emily Attwood July 2014

    Breaking Ground

    The University of Colorado (right) broke ground last month on $143 million in various athletic facility upgrades.

  • 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.

  • How Interior Design Elements Personalize a Recreation Facility

    by Marcia Hocevar June 2014

    Whether designing a new facility from the ground up or looking to renovate an existing building, attention to interior details will be essential to establishing a character and identity unique to that facility and its users. Graphic elements serve a variety of vital functions within a facility — encouraging particular feelings and emotions, establishing visceral and visual connections, clarifying wayfinding and identifying program spaces. Following are six ways in which simple color and graphic concepts can be used to define and enhance the design of any facility.

  • New Projects: ODU Practice Facility | McNiff Fitness Center

    by Emily Attwood June 2014

    Breaking Ground

  • 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.