RECENT ARTICLES
  • Universities Make Mark With Basketball Court Aesthetics

    by Michael Popke October 2011

    After a 12-year absence, the California State University Bakersfield men's basketball team returns to the on-campus Icardo Center this month for its home opener against Pepperdine.

  • New Projects: Lambeau Field; University of Alaska-Anchorage; University of California-Berkeley

    by Emily Attwood October 2011

    A week before their first regular-season game, the Green Bay Packers broke ground on a 6,600-seat expansion of Lambeau Field.

  • 2011 Facility of Merit Winner: MetLife Stadium

    by Andrew Cohen October 2011

    Designers of MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., faced a complex challenge in creating a facility that serves two masters and needs to fully change, potentially in a matter of hours, to an exciting fan atmosphere for followers of the Jets and Giants. AB's panel of judges decided that the design team succeeded ably, with one judge remarking that the ambitious project both provides the needed flexibility and "presents a bold and dynamic expression" that nonetheless utilizes an exterior skin of aluminum louvers that "transform a large and complex facility into a light and contemporary form."

  • Texas Rangers' Railing Renovation May Not Impact Codes, Other Teams

    by Paul Steinbach August 2011

    One can only imagine the emotional swing of a six-year-old — from the euphoria of tracking the arc of a baseball tossed in his direction by his favorite big-league player to the shock of looking down upon his bloodied father, who had just fallen 20 feet in an attempt to secure the souvenir. The image of the boy standing with one bare hand holding the railing that had failed to contain his dad, the other wearing the baseball glove purchased earlier that day, is as heartbreaking as any you're ever likely to see on a sports page.

  • Probe into KSU Stadium Worker's Fatal Fall Under Way

    by Paul Steinbach August 2011

    Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials arrived at Kansas State University in Manhattan on Tuesday, one day after a 26-year-old masonry worker fell to his death from scaffolding at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

  • Philadelphia Eagles and University of North Texas Invest in Wind Turbines

    by Paul Steinbach June 2011

    In 2003, the year Lincoln Financial Field opened, Philadelphia Eagles employees were given blue recycling bins to slide under their desks.

  • Is Jury Still Out on Recyclable Synthetic Turf?

    by Joe Bush June 2011

    The year 2010 saw the first synthetic turf field to be fully recycled.

  • New Projects: University of Minnesota; Tufts University; TD Ameritrade Park Omaha

    by Nicholas Brown June 2011

    In May, shovels broke ground at the University of Minnesota for the 145,000-square-foot expansion of the University Recreation Center, built in 1993.

  • Dirtless Diamonds Give Teams Real Home-Field Advantage

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor April 2011

    More synthetic-turf baseball fields are being installed these days, but many of them still use real dirt on and around the base paths, home plate and pitcher's mound. Which is why some facilities are getting lots of attention this spring for using absolutely no dirt. Instead, brown and white turf doubles as dirt and chalk.

  • Oregon's New Basketball Court Gets Glaring Reviews

    by Paul Steinbach January 2011

    Football uniforms are easy to change, and the University of Oregon does it often. But the school's new basketball court is another matter.