Feature Article - June 2015
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Regional Information

A Look at Regional Trends


Construction Plans

When it comes to building new facilities or undertaking the construction of additions or renovations at existing facilities, respondents in the South Atlantic and the West are both most likely to report that they have such plans, and also have been most likely to report an increase in such plans between 2013 and 2015. Those in the South Atlantic region are the most likely to have construction plans in 2015, with 71.8 percent of these respondents indicating they have plans. This is up from 65.4 percent in 2013 and 66.6 percent in 2014. In the West, 66.7 percent of respondents in 2015 have construction plans, up from 58.7 percent in 2013 and 63.6 percent in 2014. The Midwest also saw an increase for 2015 in the number of respondents who have construction plans, up from 60 percent in 2014 to 61.6 percent in 2015.

There was a decrease from 2014 to 2015 in the percentage of respondents from the Northeast and South Central regions who have construction plans. Some 66.2 percent of South Central respondents have such plans, down slightly from 67.2 percent in 2014. And, 65.5 percent of Northeastern respondents have construction plans, down from 66.1 percent in 2014.

Respondents in the South Atlantic region were not only the most likely to report that they have plans for construction, but also were the most likely to have plans for building new facilities, as well as making additions and renovations. (See Figure 32.) Some 30.1 percent of South Atlantic respondents have plans to build new. They were followed by respondents in the South Central region (28.2 percent of whom plan to build new) and the West (28.2 percent). Some 33.8 percent of South Atlantic respondents have plans to make additions at their existing facilities. They were followed by those in the South Central region, 31.7 percent of whom have plans for additions. Finally, 51.9 percent of South Atlantic respondents are planning renovations, followed by Northeastern respondents, 49.6 percent of whom are planning renovations.


Respondents in the South Central states reported that they would be spending the most on their construction plans, with an average of $5,635,000 for 2015, 40 percent more than the average for all respondents. Likewise, respondents in the South Central region reported the greatest increase in construction budgets from 2014 to 2015, with a rise of 14.3 percent. (See Figure 33.)

The only other region whose respondents reported construction budgets higher than the average for all respondents was the West. These respondents are planning to spend an average of $4,440,000 on construction, 10.3 percent higher than the average for all facilities.

Respondents in the Northeast have the lowest average construction budget, at $3,136,000, 22.1 percent lower than the average for all regions. They were followed by the Midwest, where respondents were planning to spend 14 percent less on construction than all respondents, with an average cost of $3,460,000.

Only respondents in the South Central and South Atlantic regions reported an increase to construction budgets from 2014 to 2015. South Central respondents reported the greatest increase, at 14.3 percent, and South Atlantic respondents reported an increase of 3.9 percent.

Respondents in the Northeast reported the biggest decrease in construction budgets from 2014 to 2015, with a 25.2 percent decrease from an average of $4,195,000 to $3,136,000. They were followed by the West, with a 21.2 percent decrease, and the Midwest, with an 18 percent decrease.

The types of amenities included as part of recreation, sports and fitness facilities sometimes vary a great deal depending on region. In some cases, these differences can easily be explained by the prevailing climate of the region. For example, ice rinks and winter recreation are more prevalent in the Midwest and Northeast, while outdoor swimming pools are most common in the southern states. Other features might have become more popular in one region first, and have since seen a spread into other parts of the country, such as skateparks, dog parks and disc golf courses.