• New Projects: New England Sports Village | Brothers Development Center

    by Emily Attwood October 2015

    Grand Openings

    Portland University held an official dedication for its Beauchamp Recreation & Wellness Center (above) last month. Serving as an anchor point for the northwest corner of campus, the $23.7 million, 73,000-square-foot center features glazing around all sides of the building, which creates a two-story beacon of light at night. The design, led by HOK in partnership with Soderstrom Architects of Portland, utilizes a "fitness neighborhood" concept and features gymnasiums, exercise studios, a suspended track, a 32-foot-tall climbing wall and an outdoor pursuits center. Additionally, a functional training area features connected indoor and outdoor spaces...

  • 2015 Facilities of Merit: Branksome Hall Athletics & Wellness Centre

    by AB Editors October 2015

    Branksome Hall Athletics & Wellness Centre | Toronto, Ont.

  • 2015 Facilities of Merit: Atlas Tube Centre

    by AB Editors October 2015

    Atlas Tube Centre | Lakeshore, Ont.

  • 2015 Facilities of Merit: Sun Devil Fitness Complex West

    by AB Editors October 2015

    Sun Devil Fitness Complex West | Arizona State University | Glendale, Ariz.

  • 2015 Facilities of Merit: Sun Devil Fitness Complex Tempe Renovation and Expansion

    by AB Editors October 2015

    Sun Devil Fitness Complex Tempe Renovation and Expansion | Arizona State University | Tempe, Ariz.

  • Nebraska Adventure Center Supports Exterior Climbing Wall

    by Paul Steinbach October 2015

    "Everybody keeps pushing the edges on these buildings," says Al Oberlander, principal and COO at Des Moines, Iowa-based RDG Planning & Design.

  • Survey Reveals Security Practices at Public Rec Centers

    by Paul Steinbach September 2015

    In May 2013, the City of Philadelphia Commission on Parks and Recreation released a report titled "Safety in Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Centers." The 15-member commission's work was spurred by a spate of security-related incidents — ranging from shootings and robberies to trespassing and vandalism — in the city's rec facilities during the summer of 2011.

  • New Projects: Kalamazoo College | Gunlock Performance Center | Windsor Recreation

    by Emily Attwood September 2015

    Breaking Ground

    Miami University broke ground last month on Gunlock Family Athletic Performance Center (above). Overlooking Yager Stadium's north end zone, the facility will provide a team locker room, a weight room, coaches' offices, an auditorium and meeting rooms for the football grogram. The design, by HOK of Kansas City, Mo., also includes a state-of-the-art sports medicine and rehabilitation center that will serve all student-athletes. Set to open by fall 2016, the $7 million facility connects Yager Stadium to the Miami Indoor Sports Center, which opened this past winter.

  • New Projects: ODU Practice Facility | McNiff Fitness Center

    by Emily Attwood August 2015

    Breaking Ground

  • How Interior Design Elements Personalize a Recreation Facility

    by Marcia Hocevar August 2015

    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.