2011 Facility of Merit Winner: Drexel University Recreation Center
by Andrew Cohen October 2011
A recreational addition to the windowless 1960s-era Daskalakis Athletic Center, the Drexel University Recreation Center forms an integrated sports facility in a legible new center of collegiate and community activity. Its new face to the Philadelphia streetscape - primarily its south-facing window wall of clear and colored laminated glazing, augmented by metal and wood panels - engages the street with multiple points of access and transparency that showcases the interior activities. The faceted glassy facade evokes Drexel's blue and gold insignia colors and features a random series of undulating bays that define individual user spaces within the larger communal environment of the fitness floor. The color scheme and showcase of activity even spills outside, with an outdoor plaza suitable for diverse functions such as dance, aerobics and commencement featuring a blue and gold permeable rubberized surface.
2011 Facility of Merit Winner: California State University, East Bay, Recreation & Wellness Center
by Andrew Cohen October 2011
Described as the last piece to the campus life puzzle at California State University, East Bay, the Recreation & Wellness Center was purposely located at the edge of the academic zone and across the street from student housing, effectively becoming a transitional space between the two. Providing what one judge called "a strong visual identity through the use of strong forms and bold color," the building's most recognizable exterior element is an aluminum perforated screen veil devised to minimize direct sunlight, diffuse daylight and maximize vistas to San Francisco Bay. This is both an aesthetic touch and symbolic of the building's (and campus') broader mission of sustainability. The roof plane is shaped to funnel all rainwater to a series of bioswales, where a combination of native plants and climate-appropriate species absorb 100 percent of all storm water, avoiding city storm-drain systems. In addition, a ventilated trombe wall allows for passive heating of the gymnasium by capturing the sun's heat within the exposed western-facing concrete wall and glazing assembly, which then radiates into the gym during the night. In all, 70 percent of interior spaces are naturally ventilated and passively heated, which eliminated the need for active mechanical heating or cooling systems.
Team Sports Participation Up Among 13-, 14-Year-Olds
by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor September 2011
The growth in youth team sports since 2009 is now being fueled by America's 13- and 14-year-olds. That's just one of the key findings of the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association's annual participation study on team sports, "U.S. Trends in Team Sports." In 2010, sports participation among 13- and 14-year olds increased 22 percent and 14 percent, respectively, versus 2009.
Columbus, Ohio, Seeks to Keep Teens Off the Streets
by Emily Attwood September 2011
The opening day of the 2011 Wisconsin State Fair in Milwaukee had all the elements normally associated with state fairs - hot weather, carnival rides and games, and barns filled with cows.
Slow-Pitch Softball's Participation Decline Challenges Rec Professionals
by Paul Steinbach July 2011
The end didn't come all that suddenly. In its glory years, the Jock's Nitch Softball Classic drew 140 slow-pitch teams to Pittsburg, Kan., for three days of camaraderie and competition.
Recreation Department Is First to Require Concussion Testing
by Joe Bush July 2011
Vinny Ciurciu, a linebacker for the NFL's Detroit Lions, suffered two concussions during the 2010 season. He sat out two games after the first one, and then a glancing blow to the head on his return was all it took to trigger renewed symptoms.
Blog: In Search of a New St. Patrick's Day Tradition
by Mary Helen Sprecher March 2011
St. Patrick's Day is on the horizon, meaning that soon, a huge number of people will feel compelled to immerse themselves in what they fervently believe is a great example of the Irish culture.
Facility Owners Diversify Program Offerings Beyond Basketball
by Andrew Cohen October 2010
Most facility owners who base their business models on basketball end up scrambling to diversify their program offerings.
Interest in Boardless Indoor Soccer Rises, but Numbers Often Don't Add Up
by Andrew Cohen August 2010
Interest in boardless indoor soccer is rising, but for many facility owners, the numbers don't add up.
Eliminating Middle School Sports Leaves Student-Athletes Fewer Places to Play
by Michael Popke August 2010
Cuts to middle school sports could leave prospective high school student-athletes with fewer places to play.