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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Wellness Facilities Can Inspire Campus Rec Design

    by Tom Seymour and Anita Picozzi Moran April 2014

    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.

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

    by Emily Attwood April 2014

    Breaking Ground

    The University of Charleston breaks ground this month on its Russell and Martha Wehrle Innovation Center (right), 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 April 2014

    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.

  • College Rec Race: Then and Now

    by AB Staff April 2014

    In the April issue of Athletic Business, we took a look at how current trends in college recreation compared to those 15 years ago, when AB teamed up with architectural firm RDG of Des Moines, Iowa, to address design and operation needs. Check out the full article here.

    Demand for recreation and fitness spaces has only increased since 1999, and colleges have been struggling to keep up. After more than 30 years of falling behind, students at the University of Wisconsin voted 12,070 to 1,914 to approve a segregated fee increase that will fund a $223 million renovation of its facilities. Below is a breakdown of how their current amenities compare to their Big Ten counterparts.

     

    Click the chart below to compare how space for fitness is currently allocated in facilities across the Big Ten:

     

    Universities haven't been sitting idle these past few years. Check out this rundown of the major campus rec construction in the Big Ten: 

     

     

     


     

  • Multiple Applications for Repurposed Basketball Floor

    by Paul Steinbach March 2014

    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.

  • Biometrics Gaining Steam in College Rec

    by Dennis Van Milligen March 2014

    Modernizing existing athletic facilities has become a priority for many colleges and universities as they compete for the all-important student dollar. Campus recreation centers in particular have evolved into recruiting anchors for those schools, but despite consistent investments in facility amenities, many rec centers have been slow to replace their older access-control methods with more modern options like biometrics, which matches finger, hand or iris scanning with a member's profile.