RECENT ARTICLES
  • Rec Center Technology: Can You Ever Have Too Much?

    by Stephen Springs April 2017

    Unlike the four other major factors I’ve written about that impact recreation facility planning and design (holistic planning, sharing of similar spaces, striving for self-sufficiency and bridging generational gaps), the fifth factor — technology — demands constant vigilance to ensure all facets of a rec center function properly.

  • Treadmill Fire Forces Evacuation of Senior Fitness Center

    by Courtney Cameron March 2017

    On Monday, patrons at the Tokay Senior Fitness Center were forced to evacuate when a faulty control panel sent a treadmill up in flames.

  • Blog: Bridging the Generation Gap in Your Rec Center

    by Stephen Springs March 2017

    If you’ve been following my series of posts about factors that are changing the form and function of recreation centers, you’ll recall I’ve covered the importance of holistic planning, the impact of sharing spaces and the drive for self-sufficiency.

  • Hiring Freeze Forces Military Fitness Center Closures

    by Courtney Cameron March 2017

    On Saturday, Fort Bragg temporarily closed the doors of the Blackjack, Funk and Hosking physical fitness centers (PFCs). The closings are a result of the federal hiring freeze that went into effect in January, shortly after the change in administration.

  • Financial Concerns Behind Memphis Rec Center Delay

    by Jason Scott March 2017

    In February, University of Memphis president Dr. M. David Rudd announced that the school would delay construction on its planned recreation center by 18 months, and that the facility would be redesigned.

  • Michigan YMCAs Join to Offer Traveling Membership

    by Courtney Cameron March 2017

    On Monday, the YMCA announced that local club associations in Michigan will be extending benefits to members of more than 60 independent locations in the state. As of March 1, any member of a Michigan YMCA will have access to any of the participating locations, free of additional charge as part of a new statewide reciprocity agreement.

  • 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.