The Evolution of Campus Recreation Centers

Historically campus recreation centers were primarily frequented by athletes and exercise enthusiasts. Today, colleges and universities are expanding their offerings to accommodate a larger demographic with a broad array of fitness needs. This article from Athletic Business (Brett Klika, CSCS & Founder of SPIDERfit Kids in conjunction with the American Council on Exercise) explores how creative…

Doing The Next Best Thing

When constructing a brand new recreation facility isn’t an option, what’s the next best thing to do? While  some clients are fortunate enough to secure funding for a new building, others must face into the likelihood that they will need to make modifications to an existing facility to meet current needs. Such was the case…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…