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  • Why LEDs Are Taking Over the Indoor Athletics Market

    by Andy Berg October 2017

    It's a typical summer morning in Granville, Ohio. Temperatures hover in the low 80s, and humidity is pegged in the 70 to 80 percent range. Chris Crume, director of the Trumbull Aquatics Center at Denison University, is glad there are no scheduled events for the day. "Right now, we have a standard lighting setup. We use metal halide," Crume says. "It takes about 20 minutes for them to come up. They produce great light, don't get me wrong, but if we have a power outage — we're expecting some storms here today — we're 20 minutes down after the power comes back on."

  • New Product Roundup: Striping Machines | Exercise Bikes | Starting Blocks

    by Courtney Cameron October 2017

    Check out the newest products as seen in the October 2017 issue.

  • New Projects: Burlington Aquatic Center | University of Idaho Arena | Ontario High School Football Stadium

    by Courtney Cameron September 2017

    Breaking Ground

  • New Product Roundup: Pool Dehumidifiers | Volleyball Equipment | Lighting

    by AB Staff September 2017

    New Product Roundup

  • How to Combine Community Use and Competition in Aquatic Centers

    by Ted Watson September 2017

    In developing a multi-use aquatic center, designers and operators are often met with a fundamental challenge — how to combine the demands of performance-based competition with those of community-based leisure offerings under one roof. To put it another way, how can your aquatic center train athletes, teach tots and entertain thrill-seeking bathers all at the same time?

  • AQUA Mag: Ozone Vs. Cryptosporidium: Fighting a Wave of Outbreaks

    by Eric Herman August 2017

    Despite widespread efforts to eradicate water-related illnesses, outbreaks of cryptosporidium in public pools, splash pads and waterparks doubled between 2014 and 2016, according to a recent report from the U.S. Centers For Disease Control and Prevention.

  • New Product Roundup: Cardio Equipment | Pool Shells | Bleacher Wraps

    by Courtney Cameron July 2017

    Check out the newest products as seen in the July | August 2017 issue.

    Precor
    The new Spinner® Chrono™ and Chrono Power bikes are the latest introductions to the Spinner family of indoor cycles. The Chrono Power provides direct-power measurement at the power source, delivering the most accurate measurement of personal performance on an indoor cycle. The breakthrough design eliminates the need for batteries in either the console or power sensor, instead utilizing a self-powered generator to store energy and supply current to the console. A new backlit color console supports SpinPOWER® programming and features an easy-to-use interface showing watts, cadence, heart rate, time, distance and 10 different interval settings. The aluminum-framed bike also includes a patent-pending magnetic resistance system to apply resistance more evenly.
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  • Texas HS Completes Design of $48M Athletics Facilities

    by Andy Berg July 2017

    A school district in Texas is going big with its new athletics facilities.  

    Prosper Independent School District, in Prosper, Texas, has completed design on a $48 million, 12,000-capacity stadium and natatorium complex.  

    According to a post on the Prosper ISD website, the project, which was designed by the architectural firm Huckabee, was approved and will be funded from a $710 million bond issue that was passed nearly 10 years ago.

    The project was scheduled to be completed about seven years ago, but the economy turned sour and the district had to put it off. The district says now is the time. “Since we are not opening any new schools this year due to the uncertainty of public school funding, we have a window to insert these facilities that are needed and long overdue but do not carry any significant staffing costs as do schools,” read a statement on the completion on the design.

    The Prosper ISD website says the district continues to grow about 100 percent every five years, identifying itself as one the top five fastest-growing school districts in the state of Texas out of 1,100-plus school districts.

    “We have designed a facility that will meet the needs of PISD for many years to come while engineering it in a way that comes in at price tag $15 million to $20 million less expensive than recent similar projects in the metroplex and across the state,” the website states.

    Prosper ISD New Stadium from Huckabee on Vimeo.

  • New Projects: Mercedes-Benz Stadium | USI Physical Activities Center | Finley Center

    by Courtney Cameron July 2017

    Breaking Ground

    The University of Southern Indiana has broken ground on a $27 million expansion and renovation of the existing Physical Activities Center (PAC) that includes a new 4,200-seat multipurpose arena. The facility, by CannonDesign of St. Louis, will be home to the university's basketball and volleyball programs, while providing needed space for convocation, campus concerts and other events. Included in the initial phase of the project are a new kinesiology lab, a hall of fame, several classrooms, locker rooms and an athletic training room.

  • LSU Makes Splash with Outdoor Leisure Pool

    by Jason Scott July 2017

    Louisiana State University recently unveiled a new component of its recently renovated and expanded student rec complex ­— an outdoor leisure pool in the shape of the letters “LSU.”