Facilities: Rec Center
Blog: Contract at Your Own Risk
by Ralph Agostinelli March 2014
Online continuing education courses have become a regular part of my life thanks in part to the New Jersey legislature, which passed a law setting down ongoing professional competency requirements for professional engineers licensed there. Recently, I took a course on change orders — work that is added to or deleted from the original scope of a contract — the gist of which seemed to be, “How to make sure you [that is, engineers] don’t get hit with a claim for negligence because you didn’t design something properly.”
Gym Flooring Repurposed in Iowa State Renovation
by Paul Steinbach February 2014
The renovation and expansion of Iowa State University’s historic State Gym involved the removal from the existing gym of 13,850 square feet of maple flooring that was nearing the end of its useful life as a basketball court. Roughly half of that flooring was refurbished and repurposed as millwork in the new addition, spread throughout the facility in such structural elements as benches, cubbies, control desks and wall cladding along a juice bar. “We knew we were going to have to take it out, just because of all the other renovation aspects that were happening, and it just seemed a shame to toss it out,” says project architect Marty Miller of RDG Planning & Design. “So we started thinking about ways that we could use it. We did have to use some new maple, just so that we could trim out exposed edges.” The reclamation was just one small but highly visible part of a broader sustainable design that helped the ISU project achieve LEED Platinum certification — the largest collegiate recreation facility in the nation to do so.
Sustainable Renovation: A Question of Return on Investment
by Andrew Barnard February 2014
The decision to renovate an existing building can be driven by many factors. Its age, location, relationship to other buildings, or historical significance may each exert enough influence to call for renovation rather than replacement. However, as with most building projects, cost and schedule considerations likely outweigh all others.
New Projects: Missouri-St. Louis | MSU | Fort Walton Beach
by Emily Attwood February 2014
The University of Missouri-St. Louis (above) has begun construction of a new $36 million recreation and wellness center. Located just south of the student center, the 94,000-square-foot facility will include a three-court gymnasium, a swimming pool, training rooms and an elevated jogging track. The center, designed by St. Louis-based Cannon Design, is expected to be completed by fall 2015.
Making Tracks a Focal Point of Recreation Center Design
by James Braam January 2014
A common objective when designing recreation centers is to showcase the activity inside the building to passersby and to visitors as they enter the building's lobby. And yet one of the least-utilized components of recreation centers to be given such visibility is one of the most active of all: the walking/jogging track.
New Projects: Nippert Stadium | Agoura Hills Rec | Almont Park
by Emily Attwood December 2013
A renovation and expansion of the University of Cincinnati's Nippert Stadium (above) kicks off this month. The $86 million privately funded project will increase the stadium's capacity from 35,000 to 40,000 and include a new press box, suites and club seats. Renovations to the west concourse will include updates to the concessions stands and restrooms. Heery International, based in Atlanta, is lead architect on the project, which is expected to wrap up in August 2015.
'Community' in a Building Name Fundamentally Alters Its Design
by Mark Hentze December 2013
New public recreation facilities all share similar starting points. The municipality has determined either that it has greater needs than it currently has space, or that its current offerings have left certain neighborhoods or user groups underserved. Recreation officials believe they have a good handle on exactly what is needed and where, but because of the agency's charge to serve the public and the need to get community members behind the project, they decide to bring the community at large into the conversation about what the priorities should be.
ABC: Tour Showcases Two Distinct Rec Center Designs
by AB Staff November 2013
Before a tour of Long Beach State’s three-year-old recreation center even began, associate director of recreation Sean Del Rossi alerted some 70 ABC attendees that they would later step into a “bizarro world” once the tour took them to the University of California-Irvine’s counterpart facility. In terms of programming layout, left would be right and vice versa.
College Dance Department, Fitness Coexist in Maximization of Space
by Steve Nelson October 2013
When Kendall Hall was constructed in 1950, replacing Blanchard Hall gymnasium on the Mount Holyoke College campus, it must have been a wonder.
New Projects: Half Acre Gymnasium; Spring Hill (Va.) RECenter; Munson Stadium
by Emily Attwood October 2013
The University of Wyoming has broken ground on a two-phase renovation and expansion of its Half Acre Gymnasium (pictured). The renovated facility will feature a new entrance and lounge, academic space for the Kinesiology/Health and Theater/Dance departments, new racquetball courts, expanded outdoor program space, a climbing wall and expanded fitness spaces.