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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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