Addressing the Need for Privacy & Security in Locker Room Design

The need for privacy and security in locker room design is of paramount importance, whether for K-12 schools, colleges and universities, private clubs or public recreation facilities. Today’s concerns address much broader issues beyond determining the age at which a son should no longer accompany his mother into a women’s locker room. This article from Athletic Business explores six…

Technology & Sports: What will the future bring?

According to a recent study by Cisco, 57% of sports fans prefer watching the game at home, and research suggests that Millennials won’t automatically fill seats being vacated by their parents. So what can we do to get fans to re-engage and head back to the stadium to watch a live event? This article from…

Getting the Most From Your Indoor Sports Complex

Large indoor sports complexes are a big investment. They can be expensive to build, staff and operate. So how can these facilities be designed to maximize return on their inherent costs? According to Tracy Kruzicki, president of KEVA Sports Center in Middleton, Wis, “You really have to have a strategic plan for what you can…

Making The Most of Facility Site Visits

There is nothing better than seeing with your own eyes how a facility operates and “flows”, how the occupants truly use the building and site , and what the volume of space feels like as you navigate through it. What are the finishes and materials in the building and how are they holding up? In…

Recreation & Fitness Centers Help Woo Students

In November’s ALSC Fitness Bits we explored how collegiate locker rooms can be designed as a way to gain an advantage in securing recruits. In much the same way, state-of-the-art recreation and fitness centers can influence where students decide to attend college. North Idaho College Student Wellness & Fitness Center (ALSC Architects) The new North Idaho…

Collegiate Locker Room Design with Recruiting in Mind

By Kathy Russell, ALSC Architects Today’s colleges and universities are competing for the best talent to join their teams. Facility amenities are one way to gain advantage in securing recruits who are often as young as 18 years old. In a recent article in the Spokesman-Review, Whitworth University Head Football Coach Rod Sandberg summed it…

Collegiate Athlete Recruiting: Does Your Brand Give You An Edge?

When recruits tour your facilities, is your brand being portrayed in a way that gives you an edge? Creating a remarkable, well-designed space that represents a College or University’s brand can help gain an advantage and engage a recruit. This article from Athletic Business explores how facilities can be designed so your brand is clear, consistent…

Turf Fields Prove Safer, Require Less Maintenance & Aid With Recruiting

This month Whitworth University in Spokane unveiled a $1 million upgrade to its Pine Bowl Stadium, featuring FieldTurf Revolution 360 surface. FieldTurf’s robust national clientele includes the Seattle Seahawks, the University of Washington and Washington State University. According to a study from Dr. Michael C. Meyers of the Department of Health and Human Development at…

Make Your Aquatic Center Safe (and Fun!) from the Ground Up

Pool safety starts long before the aquatic facility is actually built or before a lifeguard steps onto the pool deck. Facility planning and design is the first place to start making decisions that will affect the safety and welfare of all the patrons, users and facility staff.  In this article by Jessica Royer Ocken in…

Pool Safety By Design

Heading to the pool is usually an exciting time for kids and families seeking fun and adventure. For others, pools offer unique exercise and therapeutic value. While the design of aquatics facilities maximizes the opportunities for excitement, fitness and healing, it must also take into account numerous measures to ensure the safety of those in…