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…

Child Watch in Fitness Facilities – A Perk for Parents and Owners

By Robin Pecka, ALSC Architects Health and fitness are of utmost importance – we’ve established this. So is the safety and well-being of our children; probably even more so for parents/caretakers that have reservations working out at certain fitness facilities because they are a little leery of the environment where they are dropping off their…

Fitness Facilities: It’s All in the Family

By Robin Pecka, Interior Designer – ALSC Architects As a parent to a young toddler, my daughter’s safety is my #1 concern. My #2 concern is keeping her busy and active so she has more time to work on fine motor skills and creative thinking, and less time to throw tantrums. More and more athletic…

Branding the Campus Recreation Center

Most of us tend to frequent locations and buy products whose brand we feel accurately reflects our personality, our relationship to other things, our values and our goals. We may not think of it to that degree, but studies on the impact of marketing and brand development prove this to be true. A competitive market…

Case Study: NIC Student Wellness and Recreation Center

By Debbie Bravo, ALSC A design solution is most successful when the Owner is engaged in the design process from the very beginning. The establishment of the Program, the defining document of the Client needs, is the foundation for a design that is unique and reflective of the Owner. Programming is my favorite part of…

Aquatic Training: A Growing Trend

When planning new recreation centers, the types and number of pools need to be carefully taken into consideration. Different activities and water sports require different pool shapes and have different regulations. This May 2017 blog post from Athletic Business discusses the advantages and the growing trend of aquatic training: “Besides the novelty of a new…

Workout Facilities in the Workplace: Pros and Cons

By Kathy Russell, ALSC Googleplex (Google’s global headquarters) has seven fitness facilities on its campus in Mountain View, California. While most businesses aren’t large enough for that many gyms, major corporations such as Staples, Symantec and Verizon Wireless have opened fitness facilities at their headquarters. Smaller companies are also investing in simple workout rooms. What is…

Workout Facilities in the Workplace: Pros and Cons

By Kathy Russell, ALSC Architects Googleplex in Mountain View, California, has seven fitness facilities on its campus. While most businesses aren’t large enough for that many gyms, major corporations such as Staples, Symantec and Verizon Wireless have opened fitness facilities at their headquarters. Smaller companies are also investing in simple workout rooms. What is driving…