Leadership: Building Blogs
- 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.
- 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.