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1982 Selections: Facilities of Merit

This article originally appeared in the August 1982 issue of AB.


Creative and Social Factors Significant in Selections

This year’s Facilities of Merit entries present a vast array of fresh ideas.

Sports, recreation and athletic facilities are much more than a structure. The need or purpose of the facility, the social judgement, are considerations in these selections.


Here are the five categories:

1. Stadiums, arenas, coliseums and civic centers in which there is a major emphasis on spectator sports.

2. Recreation/Phys Ed/athletic facilities at colleges and universities.

3. Recreation/Phys Ed/athletic facilities at high schools.

4. Recreation/sports center (YMCA’s clubs, corporations, community centers, resorts, military bases, correctional institutions, etc.)

5. Renovation or remodeling of existing facilities.


These are the basic criteria for selection:

1. Cost saving and energy saving construction and operation procedures

2. Creative use of space

3. Ability to meet program needs

4. Innovative design

5. Other factors—primarily the fulfillment of a need; the ingenuity in making the facility a reality.


The fifth point becomes especially meaningful. Here is where creative and social factors are significant. The emphasis is on facility utilization.

Each 1982 entry successfully meets a need. The difficulty and achievement in achieving this goal are selection factors.


Category I

The Carrier Dome

Syracuse University

Syracuse, New York


UICC Pavilion

University of Illinois at Chicago Circle

Chicago, Illinois


Category II

Olney-Margolies Athletic Center

Brown University

Providence, Rhode Island


Jerome S. Coles Sports and Recreation Center

New York University

New York City


Student Recreation and Aquatic Center

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, Texas


Robert A. Fetzer Gymnasium

University of North Carolina

Chapel Hill, North Carolina


Lejuene Hall Physical Education Center

United States Naval Academy

Annapolis, Maryland


Category III

Athletic Center

Berkshire School

Sheffield, Massachusetts


Athletic Field House

Fredericktown High School

Fredericktown, Ohio


The Newman Palaestra

Isidore Newman School

New Orleans, Louisiana


Natatorium Complex

Lake Forest High School

Felton, Delaware


Category IV

Olympic Swim Center

City of Cerritos

Cerritos, California


Spenco Aerobic Club

Spenco Medical Corporation

Waco, Texas


Rusch Park Community Center

Sunrise Recreation and Park District

Citrus Heights, California


Recreation Pavilion

City of Mountlake Terrace

Mountlake Terrace, Washington


Category V

Duneland YMCA

Chesterton, Indiana


Briggs Cage

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts


Coxe Cage

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut


Xenia-Greene County YMCA

Xenia, Ohio


Special Award

The Field House

Gallaudet College

Washington, D.C.


Meharry/Hubbard Recreation/Fitness Center

Meharry Medical College

Nashville, Tennessee


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