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…

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…

Getting Outside in the Box

By Robin Pecka, ALSC Architects Anyone living in a place with four seasons is probably familiar with the hashtag #getoutside followed by a picture of someone doing something active outside. If you are a four-seasoner like me, you may feel guilt and shame if it’s a sunny day and you choose to go the gym…

Municipal Recreation Centers: The New Community Center

by Kathy Russell, ALSC Architects Traditionally, municipal community centers served the public with social services, meeting spaces and a place for classes. Amenities offered at city owned facilities have increased in the past decade to offer many more activities such indoor and outdoor sports facilities, water parks, rock climbing, specialized fitness classes like TRX and…