Leadership: Building Blogs
- Building a Pool Facility? Read This First
by Stephen Springs December 2017
What are the keys to successfully partnering with multiple design firms on an aquatics project? I like to use the analogy of an orchestra: Just as a conductor makes sure the brass, woodwinds and percussion all do their parts to make beautiful music together, it is the architect’s job to coordinate many disciplines together into a well-orchestrated composition.
- Is Your Rec Center Ready to Become a Storm Shelter?
by Stephen Springs November 2017
During the past few months, you’ve no doubt read about recreation centers in Texas and Florida used as temporary shelters to house displaced residents. The first temporary shelters to open in Dallas for evacuees from Hurricane Harvey in August were the Walnut Hill Recreation Center and the Tommie Allen Recreation Center. Not long after, the University of Florida opened its Southwest Recreation Center on a first-come, first-served basis to people in the path of September’s Hurricane Irma.
- How to Speak 'Archibabble'
by Stephen Springs October 2017
You may not have noticed, but architects speak a whole other language. (I’m joking: Of course, you’ve noticed.)
- Five Steps to a Successful Architect-Client Kick-Off
by Stephen Springs August 2017
When an architect and a client sit down for the first time to discuss a project that likely will consume the majority of their waking hours for many months, it’s important for that kick-off meeting to accomplish specific tasks. For the client, this means already knowing the answers to critical questions about budgets and timelines.
- Rec Facility Planning: How to Design for Diversity
by Stephen Springs July 2017
In previous posts, I wrote about six factors that impact recreation facility design: the importance of holistic planning, the drive for self-sufficiency, the impact of sharing spaces, never-ending technology demands, generational changesand the importance of offering healthcare options. The seventh and final factor — embracing a culture of ethnic diversity — also might be the most important one, considering the divides that exist in the United States today.
- Why to Consider a Healthcare Facet for Your Rec Center
by Stephen Springs May 2017
More factors than ever must be taken into consideration when planning and designing a recreation center in 2017. Up until this point, I’ve covered five of them: the importance of holistic planning, the drive for self-sufficiency, the impact of sharing spaces, never-ending technology demands and generational changes.
- Blog: Involving Students in Plans for College Recreation
by John Horn May 2017
For this blog post, I felt it was time to showcase the student involvement in the Rec Sports Master Plan. After all, the entire reason the plan even exists is due to our students. They requested the initial master plan and later voted to fund it. They suggested we take that plan to referendum, and ultimately the plan as you see it has been driven by the student voice.
- Rec Center Technology: Can You Ever Have Too Much?
by Stephen Springs April 2017
Unlike the four other major factors I’ve written about that impact recreation facility planning and design (holistic planning, sharing of similar spaces, striving for self-sufficiency and bridging generational gaps), the fifth factor — technology — demands constant vigilance to ensure all facets of a rec center function properly.
- Blog: Bridging the Generation Gap in Your Rec Center
by Stephen Springs March 2017
If you’ve been following my series of posts about factors that are changing the form and function of recreation centers, you’ll recall I’ve covered the importance of holistic planning, the impact of sharing spaces and the drive for self-sufficiency.
- Blog: Southeast Recreation Facility Core Design Values
by John Horn February 2017
You’re about to sit down and design a university recreation center. But where do you start?
With the Southeast Recreation Facility (SERF), we felt the best place to start was to create a list of our core design values by holding discussions with our key stakeholders. This included our own staff, students (lots and lots of students), paying members, intercollegiate athletics (for the competition pool), and the community. We have used the list below as a guide in every design workshop to make sure we keep our values and priorities aligned.