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1983 Facilities of Merit

This article originally appeared in the August 1983 issue of AB.


The 14 facilities listed below have been chosen as AP&F’s 1983 Facilities of Merit.

As in past years, the basic selection criteria are not necessarily architectural achievement or aesthetics, but rather function—the ability to meet program needs, the value of a facility’s utilization.

Each of these facilities represents a worthy achievement in fulfilling a given need or purpose. The difficulty in making the facility a reality must also be considered.


Other selection criteria include:

  • Cost-saving and energy-saving construction and operation procedures
  • Creative use of space
  • Innovative design

Each of these facility projects offers useful ideas for others planning to build or renovate. They will be featured in detail in coming issues of ATHLETIC PURCHASING AND FACILITIES.


Category I—Stadiums/arenas with major emphasis on spectator sports

BSU Pavilion

Boise State University

Boise, Idaho


Carver-Hawkeye Sports Arena

University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa


Category II—College recreation/Phys Ed/athletic facilities

Lilly Physical Education & Recreation Center

DePauw University

Greencastle, Indiana


George Halas Jr. Sports Center

Loyola University

Chicago, Illinois


Zornow Sports & Recreation Center

University of Rochester

Rochester, New York


Student Sports/Recreation Complex

St. Joseph’s University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Category III—High School recreation/Phys Ed/athletic facilities

New Albany High School Natatorium

New Albany, Indiana


Isaac Bear Athletic Complex

New Hanover High School

Wilmington, North Carolina


Category IV—Recreation/sports centers

Esso Plaza Fitness Centre

Calgary, Alberta


Kent Commons

City of Kent, Washington


New Ulm Family Recreation Center

New Ulm, Minnesota


Category V—Renovation

California Memorial Stadium

University of California

Berkeley, California


Special Award

IU Natatorium & Physical Education Building

Indiana University/Purdue University-Indiana


Major Taylor Velodrome

Lake Sullivan Sports Complex

Indianapolis, Indiana


DePauw University’s Lilly Physical Education and Recreation Center met a long-standing need on campus for student recreation opportunities. The Lilly Pool is used for free-time
Lilly Physical Education and Recreation CenterLilly Physical Education and Recreation Centerswimming, instructional classes and activities such as boating safety, in addition to competition. It is 25 meters by 25 yards, with 8 to 10 lanes for competition, plus two 1-meter and on 3-meter diving boards.

Carver-Hawkeye Sports ArenaCarver-Hawkeye Sports Arena

The Carver-Hawkeye Sports Arena at the University of Iowa is a mass seating facility, with 13,000 fixed seats and 2,000 movable seats. It is located in a natural ravine so that from grade level, the oval seating bowl is entered at its top. A dramatic skew-chord truss spans the facility. A 40-foot by 80-foot fabric lantern is centered on the roof of the structure to diffuse natural light down onto the playing floor.



For some time, Canada has been an innovator in corporate fitness facilities. The Esso Plaza Fitness Centre in downtown Calgary is an excellent example,Esso Plaza Fitness CentreEsso Plaza Fitness Centre designed to serve as many as 35 percent of the Plaza’s employees. A walking/jogging track encircles the exercise areas, which feature a variety of equipment. Fitness Management, Inc., a private fitness consulting firm, designed and manages the employee fitness program and the Centre.

Major Taylor VelodromeMajor Taylor Velodrome


The city of Indianapolis has set out to make itself a national and international center for amateur world-class sport. One such facility helping make the dream become a reality is the Major Taylor Velodrome, part of the Lake Sullivan Sports Complex. The facility features a 333-meter, banked concrete oval with many advanced technical design considerations for competition, as well as facilities for spectators.


A massive, multi-faceted renovation of 60-year-old Memorial Stadium at the University of California, Berkeley, has as its goal the utilization of all available California Memorial StadiumCalifornia Memorial Stadiumspace within the stadium. One phase created a completely-equipped Sports Medicine Complex, with modern facilities for treatment and rehabilitation of sports-related injuries.



New Ulm Family Recreation CenterNew Ulm Family Recreation CenterThe New Ulm (Minn.) Family Recreation Center is an all-purpose facility, including a pool, multi-purpose arena, racquetball courts and other areas it was funded by a creative combination of municipal bonds, revenue sharing and private contributions. Operating revenue is generated by extensive rental of the facility, such as this trade show in the arena during summer months, when the ice is taken out.



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