Ninth Annual Innovative Architecture & Design Awards

Best of the Best

Welcome to our Ninth Annual Innovative Architecture & Design Awards. In this special section, we'll give you a tour through some outstanding new and renovated recreation, sports and fitness facilities from across the United States.

Each year, we highlight outstanding facility design, and this year's competition brought in a slew of facilities that stand head and shoulders above the rest. Our winners this year raised the bar, and offer an example that will surely inspire you as you make your own plans for new construction, additions to your existing facilities or renovations. Or, if you have no plans in the works, let this be a jumping-off point for daydreams about what the future could bring.

The entries were ranked by our panel of judges, whose goal was to judge each facility on its own merit, and submit their scores, along with their thoughts on what made their top choices so outstanding.

While it's always a difficult task to narrow the list down to the top facilities, we have selected eight winners, as well as one facility deserving of our Editor's Choice award.

And, while the winners are impressive, we don't stop there. We've also got highlights of some of our other award entries—facilities that missed the winner's circle, but still shine.

Once you've finished reading, we invite you to consider submitting your own facility next year's competition. Look for the entry forms to be available in Fall 2011, with entries due in January 2012.


PROFILES COMPILED AND WRITTEN BY: DEBORAH L. VENCE AND EMILY TIPPING



WINNERS
Hats Off to the Winners!
(appearing in no particular order):

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THE SALVATION ARMY RAY & JOAN KROC
CORPS COMMUNITY CENTER

THE SUMMIT

STUDENT RECREATION & WELLNESS CENTER,
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, LONG BEACH

CARY STREET GYM, VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY

THE WELL, SACRAMENTO STATE UNIVERSITY

TELLEPSEN FAMILY DOWNTOWN YMCA

CAMPUS RECREATION & WELLNESS CENTER,
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA

LARGO COMMUNITY CENTER


And to Our Editorís Choice Award-Winner:

DEANWOOD COMMUNITY CENTER & LIBRARY



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

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CHUCK BAILEY RECREATION CENTRE

VAN ANDEL SOCCER STADIUM, HOPE COLLEGE

HOLLYBURN COUNTRY CLUB

OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY RECREATION CENTER

THE AMBLER AREA Y

CAMPBELL COUNTY RECREATION CENTER

GROTON SENIOR CENTER

HPER BUILDING, UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA AT OMAHA

MAVERICK CENTER, MESA STATE COLLEGE

LINDON AQUATIC CENTER

BARRINGTON PARK DISTRICT FITNESS & RECREATION CENTER



OUR 2011 PANEL OF JUDGES

We'd like to take this opportunity to thank our panel of judges for sharing their time and expertise. Their comments, insight and input are invaluable.


Jeff Bartley, P.E., LEED AP

Jeff Bartley is a founding principal of Water's Edge Aquatic Design in Lenexa, Kan., and has nearly 20 years of engineering experience. Jeff is a licensed professional in several states and takes great pride in completing all aspects of planning and design for aquatic recreation facilities. His expertise includes a master's degree in engineering and certification as a LEED Accredited Professional. Jeff has authored articles and is a regular speaker at state and national conferences on topics relating to aquatic design and strategic planning. He loves the personal connection that designing recreation facilities provides.


Steve Blackburn, AIA, LEED AP

Steve Blackburn is a principal with Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture in Denver. Prior to joining BRS in 1999, Steve was a partner at the Sports Management Group and with HOK Sport. He has extensive experience in the community recreation center feasibility and design field, and has worked with communities and colleges and universities across the United States. Steve has authored articles and is a regular speaker at recreation and athletic industry conferences on recreation sports programming, strategic planning and design. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture with Distinction in 1986 at the University of Kansas.


Rudy Fabiano, AIA

Rudy Fabiano is president, design director and founder of Fabiano Designs International in Montclair, N.J. As a prominent wellness industry leader and design pioneer, his unique fusion of innovation, inspiration and purpose have attracted both national and international attention. Rudy has received 20 awards for facility design, 40 nominations for facility design, and was also the winner of the 2000 Hollywood Theme Entertainment award for health club design. Rudy has been the project principal for the conception, renovation and design of more than 400 projects since 1991. He received his Bachelor of Architecture in 1986 from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.


Daniel Heuberger, AIA, LEED AP

Daniel Heuberger is a principal at Dattner Architects in New York. He has lectured on the sustainable design work of the firm for numerous organizations, his work has been widely published, and he has received several awards, including state and local design awards from the AIA. Daniel has led the design of a number of innovative projects, including New York City's PS/IS 276 in Battery Park City, which was designed using the Green Schools Guide that Dattner Architects developed for the New York City School Construction Authority. He was also the lead designer for the award-winning Bronx Library Center for the New York Public Library, the first publicly funded building in New York City to receive a LEED rating, and the Princeton University Tennis Pavilion.


Janet Jordan

Janet Jordan is an associate and recreation planner with Moody-Nolan Inc. in Columbus, Ohio. She has led the interactive programming component of the firm's design process for more than 10 years, working on community and collegiate sports and recreation projects. Janet is a Recreation Administration graduate of The Ohio State University. Prior to joining Moody-Nolan, she was a public administrator overseeing capital projects and their operations for municipal parks and recreation departments. She now works with clients to ensure multiple constituents are engaged in a productive and enjoyable endeavor, always mindful of the bottom line.


Jim Wirick, AIA, LEED AP

Jim Wirick is a principal at LPA Inc., one of the largest architectural firms in California. Since joining LPA in 1981, he's been responsible for directing more than 100 projects. With an extensive background in civic architecture, Jim's work has encompassed city halls, libraries, police and fire stations, recreational and ecclesiastical facilities. He has served on the Board of the Orange County Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Board of AIA California Council and the Steering Committee for the School of Architecture at Chapman University. Jim obtained his Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Architecture from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and an active member of the U.S. Green Building Council.




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