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Feature Article - May 2013

11th Annual Innovative Architecture & Design Awards


Welcome, once again, to our Annual Innovative Architecture & Design Awards Competition. This month, we'll get up close and personal with some of the most outstanding new and renovated recreation, sports and fitness facilities recently constructed across the United States.

Every year, we see the competition grow a bit keener, and this year's contest saw a large number of facilities that are taking things to the next level of aesthetics, of service, of design excellence. Whether they're incorporating creative ways to save energy or elegant designs that break down extremely large spaces to a human scale, these facilities go above and beyond, ultimately providing their members and communities an outstanding place to play, compete, get fit and have fun.

From our winners through the special highlights, you'll find plenty of creative ideas on these pages—maybe even some you can make your own as you plan new facilities or renovations.

All of the entries were carefully considered by our panel of judges, with the goal of scoring each facility on its own merit. We also asked for their comments and critiques, as well as their thoughts on what made their top choices so remarkable.

From their top choices, we selected the eight highest-scoring projects as winners, as well as one facility that scored near the top for our Editor's Choice award. These winners are all featured in the pages that follow.

In addition, we also provide highlights of some of our other entries—facilities that missed out on the top scores, but are still worthy of showcasing.



H I G H L I G H T S

We also are pleased to showcase the following
facilities that were submitted and sponsored
by the firm that entered them:

Click on a facility for the whole story

COLUMBUS STATE UNIVERSITY STUDENT RECREATION CENTER

VANDE POEL-HEERINGA STADIUM COURTS AT THE ETHERIDGE TENNIS COMPLEX

OSCODA OBSERVATION PIER

CHOICE HEALTH & FITNESS CENTER




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