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Campus Recreational Sports Facilities

Campus Recreational Sports Facilities

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    The focus on campus recreational facilities continues as university administrators and campus recreation professionals increasingly recognize participation in recreational sport programs and activities as a key determinant of student recruitment, retention, and satisfaction. The significance of campus recreational facilities in an institution’s success has led many institutions to evaluate possibilities for new or renovated recreational spaces. For assistance in these construction and renovation projects, campus recreational professionals and others can look to the advice, guidance, and best practices in Campus Recreational Sport Facilities: Planning, Design, and Construction Guidelines.

    This practical guide covers the entire process of building a facility, from the initial planning through design, construction, and move-in. With this text, recreational sport directors, architects, and construction and equipment consultants have access to the latest industry standards, guidelines, and information to navigate the complex process of planning, designing, building, and opening a recreational or sport-specific facility.

    Developed by the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) in conjuction with NIRSA member architects and campus recreational sport directors, this valuable resource presents current construction options and assists you in determining which option best meets your institution’s needs. This comprehensive reference contains the following features:
    • Explanations of the concepts and outlines of the procedures for planning, designing, constructing, and renovating indoor and outdoor recreational facilities
    • Industry standards, NIRSA guidelines, and planning principles, including information on universal and green design
    • A dedicated Web site with links to current field and court specifications from numerous national governing bodies, allowing easy access to dimensions and information for efficient planning and design of both indoor and outdoor sport spaces
    • A glossary of terms used by architects, recreational sport directors, and contractors to encourage clear and consistent communication throughout all stages of the project

    Campus Recreational Sport Facilities: Planning, Design, and Construction Guidelines is packed with expert advice from architects, construction managers, and campus recreation directors. Numerous photos of recreational facilities will spark your imagination with possibilities and provide visual examples of guidelines for facilities. This book covers the following topics:
    • The planning process from the perspective of the campus master planner and the recreational sport director
    • The feasibility study process, how to determine whether to build new or renovate existing facilities, and how to raise capital to fund design and construction costs
    • The design and general planning standards for indoor and outdoor recreational facilities, aquatic centers, and climbing walls
    • The integration of furniture, fixtures, and equipment in the architectural design and construction processes
    • An overview of the architectural design and construction processes
    • Moving in and opening your new or newly renovated facility

    Transforming the institutional vision of a recreational sport facility into a reality is a complicated process. The rising costs of construction and fulfilling institutional and financial goals also make it a high-stakes endeavor. From start to finish, rely on Campus Recreational Sport Facilities: Planning, Design, and Construction Guidelines and build your peace of mind as you build or renovate your recreational facility.


    Reference for campus recreation directors, administrators, architects, construction companies, or others involved in planning for construction or renovation of recreational facilities. Supplemental textbook for undergraduate courses in recreational facility design.


    Part I Initial Facility Planning Process

    Chapter 1 The Planning Process Through the Eyes of the Campus Master Planner and the Recreational Sport Director

    James C. Turman, PhD
    Clinton N. Hewitt, ASLA

    Planning Process Objectives
    Departmental Planning
    Institutional Planning Process
    Process of Comprehensive Recreational Planning for Facilities
    Plan Implementation
    Related Journals and Periodicals

    Chapter 2 Feasibility: What Are the Possibilities?
    Paul Knell, AIA, NCARB
    Paul J. Tellers, AIA
    Robert J. Bailey, AIA, CCS, CSI
    Warren T. Bulseco, AIA, LEEP AP,

    Defining Feasibility
    Who’s Who: Administrators, Stakeholders, and the Consultant Team
    The Feasibility Study Process
    Next Steps

    Part II Facility Design Process

    Chapter 3 To Renovate or Build From Scratch: What’s the Tipping Point?

    Donald Vitters, AIA
    Nancy B. Freedman, AIA, LEED AP
    David J. Dymicki, AIA
    Brad McCord, AIA

    Why Would You Choose to Renovate?
    When Would You Choose to Renovate?
    How Would You Choose to Renovate?

    Chapter 4 Selling the Dream on Campus and Off: Winning Support, Building Consensus, and Raising Capital to Fund Recreational Facilities
    Christopher Chivetta, PE, LEED AP
    Case Statement for the Building
    Advocates and Opponents of Student Recreation Center Projects
    Understanding the Total Costs of a Student Recreation Center
    Funding: Available Sources

    Chapter 5 Selecting an Architect and Understanding Team Roles
    Anita Picozzi Moran, AIA and F&S Partners, Incorporated
    Hiring an Architect
    Formal Selection Process
    Key Staff of an Architectural Firm
    Consultants: Part of the Architectural Team
    Steps in the Architectural Process

    Chapter 6 Standards for Recreation and Sport Facilities
    Julie M. Skolnicki, AIA, LEED AP, REFP
    Defining the User
    General Indoor Planning Standards and Considerations
    Usage Patterns
    Facility Zones
    Building Efficiency
    Detailed Indoor Facility Standards

    Chapter 7 Standards for Outdoor Recreation Sport Facilities
    Scott Crawford, ASLA, LEED AP
    Mike Bell, ASLA
    Jack Patton, AIA

    Outdoor Program Elements
    College and University Recreation Programs
    Identifying the Need
    Site Considerations
    Field Design Considerations
    Court Design Considerations
    Sidewalks and Trails
    Support Buildings and Facilities

    Chapter 8 Aquatic Facilities
    D. Scot Hunsaker
    Doug Cook, PE, MBA, LEED AP

    Programming Requirements
    Design and Construction Process

    Chapter 9 Climbing Wall Facility Planning
    Richard Cook
    The Value and Benefits of a Climbing Program
    Trends in Indoor Rock Climbing
    Site Selection and Facility Planning
    Development of Artificial Climbing Structure Standards
    Design and Engineering
    The Building Process
    Climbing Wall Design Considerations
    Legal Liability and Risk Management

    Chapter 10 Getting It Right the First Time With FF&E: Furniture, Fixtures, and Equipment
    David W. Larson, AIA, TMP Associates, Inc.
    Jacob L. Buehler, APR, TMP Associates, Inc.
    Karen Bean, ASID, TMP Associates, Inc.

    The Necessity of Early FF&E Selection
    Analyzing the Architectural Program
    Preliminary Furniture List
    Schematic Design Phase
    Verifying Procurement Procedures
    Design Development Phase
    Construction Documentation Phase
    Coordinating Final Bidding Instructions
    Construction Administration Phase
    Occupancy Phase

    Part III Construction and Move-In

    Chapter 11 The Construction Process—Now Build It! Going From Paper to Reality and Everything in Between

    John A. Selby, AIA
    Geff Bottomley

    Who’s in Charge? The Roles and Responsibilities of Project Team Members
    Long Before the Groundbreaking: Early Involvement of the Construction Manager
    Okay, Let’s Build It
    Recreation Centers Are Unique: Some Issues to Plan For
    Drawdown: Who Pays What and When
    Almost Done: Commissioning—Checking It Out
    Construction Completion
    Project Closeout

    Chapter 12 Move-In and Dedication
    Thomas M. Roberts, MS

    About NIRSA
    About the Contributors

    The National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) is the leading resource for professional and student development, education, and research in collegiate recreational sports. Established in 1950, NIRSA has nearly 4,000 highly trained professional, student, and associate members throughout the U.S., Canada, and other countries. NIRSA's mission is to provide for the education and development of its memebers and to foster quality recreational programs, facilities, and services for diverse populations. The association's commitment to excellence is shown in its use of resources that promote ethical and healthy lifestyle choices.

    “This book is the most comprehensive and detailed analysis of the planning and building process regarding recreational facilities that I have ever read.”
    David Hall, director of campus recreation
    Springfield College