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…

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…

American Ninja Warrior Hits The Gym

By Kathy Russell, ALSC Architects It took seven seasons of televised American Ninja Warrior competitions before any Americans finally won the popular obstacle course race and took home the grand prize. As each season went by without a winner, the ANW fever grew as the athletic competitors started looking for ways to train harder and…

Go Inside and Play!

by Robin Pecka, ALSC Architects Fitness Centers – an adult’s playground. You can take your pick of activities, but it all focuses on one thing – our well being. As humans, there is one thing we are biologically built to need that maximizes our health and happiness and takes “health and wellness” to a whole…

Trends in Fitness: Back to Basics

By Debbie Bravo, ALSC Architects While wearable technology is the number one trend for 2016, it has little impact on the built environment – and vice versa; the built environment has little to no effect on the use of wearable technology. The number two and three activities on the 2016 list, however, can be greatly affected by…