RECENT ARTICLES
  • 2013 Facilities of Merit: Auburn University at Montgomery Wellness Center

    by AB Editors September 2013

    An "open, inviting campus gateway building" is how one judge described AUM Wellness Center, while another lauded its "expert play on contrasting materials that subtly reinforce a highly modern and exciting massing."

  • Coming Monday: 2013 Facilities of Merit Winners

    by Emily Attwood September 2013

    For two weeks beginning Monday, the 10 winners of the 2013 Facilities of Merit awards will be announced on the AB Newswire.

  • Bronx Ice Center Will Have Billion Dollar Impact, Supporters Say

    by Michael Gaio September 2013

    A converted armory in the Bronx will soon be home to the largest ice center of its kind in the world. The planned Kingsbridge National Ice Center will contain nine indoor ice rinks and a 50,000-square-foot community center.

  • VIDEO: Behind the Scenes at Facilities of Merit Judging

    by Michael Gaio August 2013

  • New Projects: Oregon SRC; Reed Recreation Center; "Itchy" Stadium

    by Emily Attwood August 2013

    The University of Oregon has broken ground on a $50 million expansion of its Student Recreation Center. The current center, built to accommodate 2,500 students daily, sees 6,000 visitors.

  • Putting Together a Sponsorship Policy for Parks and Rec Programs

    by Emily Attwood August 2013

    Joe Brown knows how to make things happen. Thus far in his first year as director of the Reynoldsburg (Ohio) Parks and Recreation Department, he has raised $21,000 in sponsorship funds, nearly half of his $45,000 target.

  • Kroc Center Challenges Will Continue After Construction's Done

    by Andrew Cohen April 2013

    The late-February opening of a 104,000-square-foot facility in Memphis, Tenn., meant that the Salvation Army could count 23 Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers in all. ...

  • U. of Iowa Climbing Wall Closed After Student Falls

    by Emily Attwood November 2012

    The rock climbing wall at the University of Iowa is closed indefinitely after a fall landed one student in the hospital on Nov. 9. Business student Spencer Bean, an experienced climber who is also an employee of the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center, fell 30 feet, landing upright on his feet. He remained conscious and coherent for a few moments before passing out.

  • 2012 Facility of Merit Winner: East Oakland Sports Center

    by Andrew Cohen October 2012

    Boasting one of the few recreational natatoriums in the country for underserved populations, the East Oakland Sports Center was lauded by the judges both for its design and for what it means to the community it serves. The project has a long history: The architect began working to bring it to fruition in 1999, when the city and then-city council president identified Ira Jinkins Park as the future site of a new community recreation and aquatics center. Although popular, the park, like the neighborhood in which it was located, suffered from blight and crime, and local youths had few opportunities to access recreational facilities.

  • 2012 Facility of Merit Winner: Hillcrest Centre

    by Andrew Cohen October 2012

    Hillcrest Centre now has two Facility of Merit awards to its credit - it adjoins the previously completed Aquatic Centre at Hillcrest Park, which AB honored in 2011. Formerly the temporary-use 2010 Vancouver Olympics curling venue, this project involved the conversion of the shell space into a variety of legacy community uses. Materials selection was key to the judges' enthusiasm; angling for LEED Gold certification, the designers specified wood interior cladding, window casings and millwork throughout the facility, more than half of which was Forest Stewardship Council-certified. "They used a very sophisticated palette of materials," one judge commented. "It was like art. At the same time, I felt like it didn't take itself too seriously - there was a genuine playfulness about the overall facility that made it extremely welcoming."