• Better Up-Front Understanding of Costs Can Lead to Desired Project Outcome

    by Eric Lagerquist & Thomas Betti September 2001

    Planning a budget for a proposed facility can be a complicated process. Consider this scenario: Officials in Town A decide to build a new community center. The town's building committee is aware that five years earlier Town B had built a community center that included a gymnasium, pool and banquet rooms. Town A's committee calls the facilities manager at Town B and is told the community center cost $6 million. If it assumed it could achieve the same results as Town B, the Town A building committee might decide to establish an identical budget of $6 million.

  • Proper Risk-Management Plan Makes All the Difference in Climbing Wall Safety

    by Elizabeth Huddleston March 2001

    The right risk-management plan makes all the difference in climbing wall safety.

  • A Self-Help Manual for Understanding the Language of Design

    by Andrew Cohen August 2000

    Your architect is from Mars, you're from Venus. To keep you two together, AB presents this self-help dmanual for comprehending the language of design.

  • The Art of Lining Fields, Rinks, Tracks and Courts Requires Science Know-How

    by Paul Steinbach May 2000

    The art of lining fields, rinks, tracks and courts requires the proper materials and some knowledge of science

  • Designing Facilities to Meet Future Needs

    by Ralph Wolfe September 1987

    The most effective strategy of acquiring athletic/recreation facilities is to plan carefully, build only what is needed and maximize utilization. To do so, administrators must be aware of emerging trends and technologies affecting both participation and construction. 

    The current resurgence of interest in sports on campus has fostered a wave of athletic and recreation facility construction, and school administrators are finding a new set of forces shaping their decisions.

  • Tracking Trends in Facility Design

    by Richard B. Flynn, Ed.D. March 1987

    This article originally appeared in the March, 1987 issue of Athletic Business. 

    Today’s tight economic environment demands the implementation of cost-saving, utilitarian, even revenue-generating programming—three factors heavily influencing trends in HPERA facility components.

    Recent trends in college HPERA (Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics) facilities reflect both planners’ and architects’ increased sophistication, and a sharper focus upon the needs of the consumer, or user.

  • Clubs Cry Foul over YMCA Tax Exemption

    by AB Editors October 1985

    This article originally appeared in the October 1985 issue of AB.


    “The free enterprise system is being threatened, our businesses are being threatened and the poor are not being served.”

    So says Frank Eisenzimmer, and that’s why he and 25 other athletic club owners in the Pacific Northwest are challenging the property-tax and income-tax exemptions of the local YMCA.

  • 1983 Facilities of Merit

    by AB Editors August 1983

    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.

  • 1982 Selections: Facilities of Merit

    by AB Editors August 1982

    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.