• Fitness Center Users Relocated After Roof Damage

    by Laura Godlewski, Athletic Business Intern March 2015

    Members of the fitness center at F.O. Moxley Community Center in Bowling Green, Ky. have been forced to move to alternative workout spaces after rain and heavy snow damaged the facility's roof and caused flooding. The fitness center, operated by the city's parks department, is used by about 1,000 members. Rather than leave them out in the cold, city officials are working on implementing alternative exercise options for its members while damage is assessed and repaired.

  • Designing Recreation Centers for Seniors

    by Stephen Springs February 2015

    Among the most visible legacies of the Older Americans Act of 1965, a spate of senior center construction produced facilities intended to provide educational and recreational services, and to serve as hubs for the delivery of community-based social services. For a generation, senior centers were more community than rec — multipurpose rooms that could host community and family gatherings, bridge games and bingo nights.

  • Architectural Showcase: A Video Tour

    by AB Staff February 2015

    See how Athletic Business's Architectural Showcase offers unmatched year-round exposure for new and recently renovated athletic, fitness and recreation facilities.

  • YMCA Renovation Leverages Existing Materials

    by Paul Steinbach January 2015

    Deciding whether existing materials can or should be saved is a key aspect of most renovation work. But conserving resources while sparing landfills is only part of the story.

  • Young Boy Killed at Soccer Practice by Falling Bench

    by Michael Gaio January 2015

    Tragedy struck soccer practice at a New Jersey elementary school on Wednesday night.

  • Translucent Panels Bring More than Daylight to Facilities

    by Emily Attwood January 2015

    No athletic or recreation facility built in the past 15 years has been designed without consideration for LEED or other sustainability measures. Chief among the design elements is daylighting, a function that earns points for sustainability while saving on operational costs. Glass is usually the first element that comes to mind when daylighting is mentioned — from basic windows and skylights to large expanses of glass curtainwall — but glass is not the only way to achieve such an effect. Translucent panel systems can bring natural lighting into a facility, while leaving out some of the common disadvantages associated with glass.

  • How to Keep Costly ‘Scope Creep’ at Bay When Building

    by Oliver Snider, Guest Contributor December 2014

    Reading The New York Times’ latest account of the costly and troubled World Trade Center Transportation Hub project, there came a point where I recognized that the scale of the disaster — $2 billion over budget and six years behind schedule — was all that separated that project from the typical campus project beset by scope creep.

  • New Projects: Wilmington Center for Sport Sciences | Armed Services YMCA

    by Emily Attwood December 2014

    Breaking Ground

  • 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.