• Blog: How UW-Madison Managed Rec Field Project Responsibly

    by John Horn August 2016

    You’re going to do what!?

    When we first told the campus community that we were interested in installing a synthetic turf system over 300,000 square feet that is known on campus as the “Near West Fields,” the initial reaction by many was one of shock. After all, it was a very large space to consider doing such a project; almost 9 acres total. It hadn’t been done to this magnitude on the campus before, and not at all for the 98% of students that are not Division I athletes. More importantly, the site is located in the Lakeshore Nature Preserve, an area around the shores of Lake Mendota on the southeast portion of campus.

  • Video: UW Director of Rec Sports Talks Facility Renovation

    by AB Editors July 2016

    In March 2014, students at the University of Wisconsin approved a $236 million referendum to overhaul the campus recreation facilities, badly in need of improvement. 

  • Individuals, Stadiums Getting In on 'Pokemon Go'

    by Jason Scott July 2016

    Have you guys heard of this Pokemon Go thing? 

    Twenty years after the country was first introduced to Pikachu and the horde of collectable monsters, Pokemon is once again sweeping the nation – but this time feels different.

  • Blog: Understanding the Bidding and Closeout Processes

    by Max Floyd July 2016

    Whether it is doing research in a laboratory, playing in an athletic contest or building a recreation center on a college campus, the old saying applies; “It is not how you start, it is how you finish.” The final three steps in a construction project are extremely important and will determine how you finish. Even though you may have done well in steps 1-6 (1. choosing the architect 2. performing a needs assessment 3. programming the spaces 4. choosing a schematic design 5. weighing in on design development and 6. understanding the construction documents), steps 7, 8 and 9 will be the final opportunity for you to have a hand in the non-operational plan. When the plans and specifications are completed, the project is ready for bid.

  • Letter from the Editor: Eat Your Veggies

    by Emily Attwood July 2016

    This article appeared in the July/August issue of Athletic Business. Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.

  • Blog: Design Development, Developing Documents

    by Max Floyd June 2016

    Eleanor Roosevelt once said: “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

    For a few of us recreation professionals, there are times in our professional lives when we have an opportunity to cast a vision for a better tomorrow within our sphere of influence. Sometimes these ideas take the form of new programs, leagues or special events. For others, these big picture views see staff growth and increase attention to our customer base with needed individual oversight.

  • Passing the Torch in Facility Design

    by Emily Attwood June 2016

    This article appeared in the June issue of Athletic Business. Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.

  • Blog: Master Plan, Schematic Design Key to Renovation

    by Max Floyd May 2016

    Beginning with a concept and working toward a completed facility project, along the way there are some essential steps which must occur before the doors to your new facility can be opened. After selecting an architect, performing a needs analysis and determining the functional spaces necessary, there are seven additional steps which must follow immediately thereafter.   

  • At the moment...

    by Emily Attwood May 2016

    I can't think of a recent issue of Athletic Business that captures the feel of our industry quite as comprehensively as this one. No, we don't have any momentous, industry-changing topics this month, but what we do have speaks to the current environment of athletic, fitness and recreation professionals.

  • Blog: From Concept to Completion - Sutton Center

    by Max Floyd May 2016

    Here at Wake Forest University, we are embarking upon a major recreational sports facility construction project.

    On January 27, 2016 we made great strides towards completion by opening the 40,000-square-foot Sutton Center addition.Over the next two years we will be renovating the existing Reynolds Gymnasium adding over 207,000 square feet of revitalized indoor campus services space.

    This grand endeavor will take place in three phases. As stated earlier, Phase I was the building of the Sutton Center. Phase II, which is in full swing now, will involve the renovation of the front half of the existing Reynolds Gymnasium. Phase III will follow thereafter encompassing the renovation of the back half of the Reynolds Gym. Since Phase I has been completed and we are now operational, I would like to go back to the beginning. We’ll review the key steps which took place on the way to occupancy.