Leadership: Building Blogs: Recreation Planning Blog
- How to Speak 'Archibabble'
by Stephen Springs October 2017
You may not have noticed, but architects speak a whole other language. (I’m joking: Of course, you’ve noticed.)
- 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.
- 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.
- Why to Consider a Healthcare Facet for Your Rec Center
by Stephen Springs May 2017
More factors than ever must be taken into consideration when planning and designing a recreation center in 2017. Up until this point, I’ve covered five of them: the importance of holistic planning, the drive for self-sufficiency, the impact of sharing spaces, never-ending technology demands and generational changes.
- 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.
- 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.
- Blog: Can Recreation Centers Be Entirely Self-Sufficient?
by Stephen Springs February 2017
The past 20 years have seen massive changes in the recreation facility planning and design process. As an architect, it is my job to help devise solutions to this accelerated pace of change on a daily basis.
- 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.
- 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.
- What Role Should Social Equity Play in Facility Planning?
by Stephen Springs November 2016
This month, I will conclude my exploration of the ways in which the National Recreation and Park Association’s three pillars can be incorporated into the facility design process. Conservation was first, followed by health and wellness. Now comes social equity.