Leadership: Building Blogs
Five Practical Strategies to Incorporate Public Art into a Rec Center or Park
by Stephen Springs January 2019
Back in the 1960s, a piece of playground equipment dubbed the “Rocket” was erected at Heights Park in Richardson, Texas. The sleek and towering replica of a rocket — with four levels of steel bars punctuated with a bright red nosecone, fins and a slide — reflected the spirit of technology and space exploration that helped define Richardson in that era. The city is home to Texas Instruments and birthplace of the silicon transistor and the integrated circuit.
Bathhouse Confidential: How to Ensure Return Visits
by Stephen Springs November 2018
Although some outdoor pool facilities have been closed since Labor Day, outdoor aquatics centers in many warm-weather states remain open longer. Critical to the success of any outdoor pool facility is the bathhouse — which typically is the first structure patrons see and visit en route to the pool deck.
Green Is Good: Making Your Pool More Sustainable
by Stephen Springs October 2018
Once upon a time, a so-called green pool sent up a red flag.
RFQs 101: Six Dos and Dont's for the Process
by Stephen Springs August 2018
In two previous posts, I wrote about best practices for submitting requests for qualifications from architectural firms and for interviewing the firms with which you’re most interested in working.
RFQs 101: How to Interview Architecture Firms
by Stephen Springs July 2018
In a previous post, I wrote about 10 elements every request for qualifications should include and offered suggestions to help your RFQ stand out and become a priority project for architecture firms.
RFQs 101: How They Work and How to Write Them
by Stephen Springs June 2018
I was reminded just how confounding the requests for qualifications process can be when my architecture firm recently received 14(!) such requests from the same municipality in one day. Each of those requests included the same deadline, which forced us to limit the number of responses we provided to the city.
Three Public Recreation Projects You Might Not Have Considered
by Stephen Springs April 2018
As new public recreation facilities in communities from coast to coast continue to open their doors, leaders in some locales might want to consider something a little different for their constituents.
When Planning for the Future, Don’t Forget About the Present
by Stephen Springs March 2018
I recently was reminded at a project-planning kick-off meeting that pieces of the design and building process we architects consider core elements often are not seen that way by the facility operators and their staff members with whom we’re working. Far from it, in fact.
Make 2018 the Year You Finally Convert Those Old Racquetball Courts
by Stephen Springs January 2018
The viability of racquetball courts in recreation centers has long been a topic of conversation — and often a bone of contention. Granted, some facilities — such as Prairie Athletic Club in Sun Prairie, Wis., — have managed to make racquetball relevant again by offering popular lessons and leagues and hosting large-scale tournaments.
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.