A History of AB's Facility of Merit Awards

A history of AB's prestigious Facility of Merit awards


This issue marks the 24th year that AB has presented Facility of Merit ™ awards, which celebrate 10 outstanding examples of sports and recreation facility architecture. As the originators of the awards concept for what was in 1981 a tiny segment of the broader category of public architecture, we had to draw up our own blueprint - determine the criteria, identify architects who could serve as "experts" on an area of specialty that hardly existed, develop a scoring system and so forth. For the first few years, we neither published the criteria nor the names of the judges, nor even the names of the other facilities in competition.

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