The Challenge

The opportunity to design a new collegiate recreation center is always exciting. When a college or university decides to renovate or expand an existing facility, a unique set of challenges must be considered and addressed. In a recent expansion to Gonzaga University’s athletics complex, ALSC Architects was challenged with keeping the adjacent McCarthey Athletic Center…

Collegiate Recreation Centers: A Place to Call Home

Not Your Parents Intramurals By Kathy Russell, ALSC Architects Not long ago, college recreation programs consisted of intramural sports run by student organizations or teachers in the physical education department. These programs were often housed in a student union building or in the corner of an athletics building. Today colleges and universities are building recreation…

Alternative Approach to Construction Gains Traction

A project delivery method known as progressive design-build is catching on in Washington State, and the approach already is being employed on a couple of Spokane-area projects, says Rustin Hall, Principal at ALSC Architects. ALSC is using the progressive design-build method on the City of Airway Heights community recreation center project. The $17.3 million recreation…

How to spatially lay out complex Athletic Facilites*

*hint: it involves circles By Robin Pecka, ASID – Interior Designer, ALSC Architects Athletic or Fitness Facilities are often large and contain multiple functions and programs under one roof. These programs must be spatially organized to work together for the most efficient use and safety of facility users and staff. The task of figuring out…

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…