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  • U. of Nevada Unveils E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center

    by Jason Scott February 2017

    Last week, more than 200 students were on hand to be among the first to get a workout in at the University of Nevada, Reno’s $47.5 million E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center.

  • Blog: Southeast Recreation Facility Core Design Values

    by John Horn February 2017

    You’re about to sit down and design a university recreation center. But where do you start?

    With the Southeast Recreation Facility (SERF), we felt the best place to start was to create a list of our core design values by holding discussions with our key stakeholders. This included our own staff, students (lots and lots of students), paying members, intercollegiate athletics (for the competition pool), and the community. We have used the list below as a guide in every design workshop to make sure we keep our values and priorities aligned.

  • UNF Osprey Brand Embodied in Building Form

    by Paul Steinbach February 2017

    Recreation centers can communicate a college's brand better than most campus buildings — a concept that takes full flight in the design of the University of North Florida's Student Wellness Complex.

  • Blog: Sharing Recreation Space with Other Programs

    by Stephen Springs January 2017

    In a previous post, I explained one of the top seven factors that are changing the form and function of recreation centers: holistic planning

    In this post, I'll discuss a second factor at play in planning and designing facilities, and that is programming and services. Forward-thinking planners are developing strategies for sharing services under the same roof, eliminating redundancies in current options and providing new opportunities that might otherwise not be possible in a single facility.

    Among the increasingly popular options are merging recreation centers and senior centers into multigenerational facilities, using the same spaces to create multiple-use facilities, and combining traditionally independent services, such as police operations and recreation programming.

  • New Product Roundup: RFID Locks | Cloud-Based Fitness | Aquatic Training

    by AB Staff January 2017

    Check out the newest products as seen in the January | February 2017 issue.

  • Former Mayor Disgusted by Quality of Rec Construction

    by Courtney Cameron January 2017

    The Benning Stoddert Recreation Center in South Washington D.C. is open to the public after being under construction for renovations for more than a year; but former mayor Vincent Gray, who approved the project’s $6.7 million budget while he was in office isn’t happy with what he’s seen of the building site.

  • Planet Fitness Anti-Bullying Initiative $1M Success

    by Courtney Cameron January 2017

    In 2016, Planet Fitness raised more than $1 million for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and STOMP Out Bullying through the success of their November membership sale. Proceeds went toward tolerance training and encouraging body-positivity imaging inside fitness venues.

  • Mother Sues Community Center for Wrongful Death

    by Courtney Cameron January 2017

    On Thursday, December 15, Anisoara Frunza filed a personal injury/wrongful death suit against the Des Plaines Parks District on behalf of her daughter, Alexandra Frunza.

  • Blog: How Holistic Planning Became the Rock of Rec Center Design

    by Stephen Springs December 2016

    As we enter 2017, the distance between the field house template and the community recreation center seems further than ever. And as battles over facility space vs. green space intensify in active communities such as Palm Beach, Fla. — and when revenue from local (and legal) marijuana sales in Aurora, Colo., might be earmarked for a new community recreation center — you know the planning and design process is still dramatically evolving. 

  • Soccer Fan Calls Police over Field Fight

    by Courtney Cameron December 2016

    On Sunday night, a spectator of a local soccer game in Waukesha, Wis., called the authorities after witnessing a physical fight break out between the players of opposing teams, according to a police report.