Facilities: Rec Center
Five Steps to a Successful Architect-Client Kick-Off
by Stephen Springs August 2017
When an architect and a client sit down for the first time to discuss a project that likely will consume the majority of their waking hours for many months, it’s important for that kick-off meeting to accomplish specific tasks. For the client, this means already knowing the answers to critical questions about budgets and timelines.
Branding the Campus Recreation Center
by Erik Kocher August 2017
We live in a branded world. The things we eat, the things we wear, the things we drive are all branded. From Rolex to Jaguar and IKEA to Kia, it is nearly impossible to escape branding. However, one place that we often do not see branding is in recreation centers or municipal community centers. Collegiate athletic facilities and many professional sports venues have led the way with institutional branding, and we are now seeing the concept of branding take hold in college recreation centers.
How To Get Branding Input From Stakeholders
by Courtney Cameron August 2017
In the expanding marketplace of recreational fitness, branding becomes an important part of an entity's business vision and vision of self. How can you get consumers to not only identify your brand, but identify with your brand? From public-access idea walls to stakeholder retreats, companies are exploring the many available mechanisms for finding out what the consumer wants — and what they want to be. Branding is more than just a marketing strategy; it's a celebration of space and identity that culminates in an immersive experience for the end user.
New Product Roundup: Cardio Equipment | Pool Shells | Bleacher Wraps
by Courtney Cameron July 2017
Check out the newest products as seen in the July | August 2017 issue.
The new Spinner® Chrono™ and Chrono Power bikes are the latest introductions to the Spinner family of indoor cycles. The Chrono Power provides direct-power measurement at the power source, delivering the most accurate measurement of personal performance on an indoor cycle. The breakthrough design eliminates the need for batteries in either the console or power sensor, instead utilizing a self-powered generator to store energy and supply current to the console. A new backlit color console supports SpinPOWER® programming and features an easy-to-use interface showing watts, cadence, heart rate, time, distance and 10 different interval settings. The aluminum-framed bike also includes a patent-pending magnetic resistance system to apply resistance more evenly.
New Projects: Mercedes-Benz Stadium | USI Physical Activities Center | Finley Center
by Courtney Cameron July 2017
The University of Southern Indiana has broken ground on a $27 million expansion and renovation of the existing Physical Activities Center (PAC) that includes a new 4,200-seat multipurpose arena. The facility, by CannonDesign of St. Louis, will be home to the university's basketball and volleyball programs, while providing needed space for convocation, campus concerts and other events. Included in the initial phase of the project are a new kinesiology lab, a hall of fame, several classrooms, locker rooms and an athletic training room.
LSU Makes Splash with Outdoor Leisure Pool
by Jason Scott July 2017
Louisiana State University recently unveiled a new component of its recently renovated and expanded student rec complex — an outdoor leisure pool in the shape of the letters “LSU.”
Commander Proposes Rec Facility on Former Prison Site
by Courtney Cameron July 2017
The prison commander at the Guantanamo Bay naval base has filed notice with a federal court of plans to demolish the former detention site Camp Iguana and reclaim the area for recreational use.
Detroit Partners with Schools to Double Rec Centers
by Andy Berg July 2017
Detroit is set to more than double the city’s public rec centers this summer.
A partnership between the city of Detroit and Detroit Public Schools Community District will grow the number of public rec centers, which serve children ages 6 to 17, from 11 to 27 locations.
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said the new rec centers are an important part of revitalizing the area.
“Detroiters all remember when rec centers across this city shut down,” Duggan said in a joint statement with the DPSCD. “If we are going to build a stronger Detroit, we’ve got to focus on creating safe spaces for our youth and opportunities for them to be successful.”
Detroit shut down 16 recreation centers due to funding cuts from 2006-2013. In order to provide more recreation opportunities for Detroit children this summer, the city approached DPS officials about partnering to provide Detroit youth more options more quickly. The cost of the five-week program is approximately $625,000 or about $40,000 per location for the summer.
Detroiters like 14-year-old Marquis Hare will have access to recreation opportunities right outside of their home. pic.twitter.com/IpI6Ned2rR— City of Detroit (@CityofDetroit) July 6, 2017
“When the mayor's team approached us with this concept we moved with a sense of urgency to ensure that as many students as possible continued to have access to a safe and productive learning environment while parents and caregivers work over the summer,” said DPSCD Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti in a statement. “I believe this is the first of many partnerships between the city and school district to better utilize and share resources to support our students and communities.”
The 16 new locations will be called “Summer Fun Centers.” Those centers will be in addition to the existing 11 traditional recreation centers. The city has hired 190 “Play Leaders” and supervisory staff to provide adult oversight and structure to the programming.
After the five-week pilot has ended, the City and DPSCD will evaluate the approach as a possible long-term solution toward filling the recreation center gap that has existed in many neighborhoods for more than a decade.
Rec Facility Planning: How to Design for Diversity
by Stephen Springs July 2017
In previous posts, I wrote about six factors that impact recreation facility design: the importance of holistic planning, the drive for self-sufficiency, the impact of sharing spaces, never-ending technology demands, generational changesand the importance of offering healthcare options. The seventh and final factor — embracing a culture of ethnic diversity — also might be the most important one, considering the divides that exist in the United States today.
Top 10 Cities for Recreation in 2017
by Andy Berg July 2017Source: WalletHub