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Make Your Pool 'Cool'

Problem Solver - August 2013

An aquatic climbing wall will give them a reason to come back to your pool. In addition to exciting them with a challenge, the climbing wall will provide a great aerobic workout.

Choose the Right Climbing Wall

Problem Solver - August 2013

Ideal for climbing at universities, military installations, recreation centers, climbing gyms and even converted racquetball courts, this type of wall is custom-designed and built to suit your facility.

Incorporate Climbing Into Fitness Programs

Problem Solver - August 2013

Traditionally, top-rope climbing requires two people: As one person climbs, a belayer takes up slack in the rope. An auto belay eliminates the need for a human belay. It features a braking system, and takes up the slack as the climber ascends, then controls the descent when the climber is ready to come down, or if the climber falls.

The Perfect Ascent

The Next Wave in Climbing Walls

Feature Article - March 2013

From finding ways to attract novice climbers to route-setting to please those who've been up and down the wall a few times, there are plenty of ways to adapt climbing to suit your facility.

Design Climbing for Maximum ROI

Problem Solver - August 2012

High walls are attractive, but experts say the ideal wall reached 30 to 40 feet. Higher walls are more costly, and also limit climber capacity, while decreasing participant turnover, as climbers take longer on their routes.

Expand Your Climbing Audience

Problem Solver - August 2012

Auto belay systems help eliminate barriers to entry for new climbers, which means you'll be able to build an audience from the ground up. First-time participants can simply clip in and get started, instead of having to spend extra time on belayer training and testing. What's more, single climbers will love being able to climb without a partner, allowing them to come whenever their schedule permits.

Illinois State University Fitness Center & McCormick Hall

Normal, Illinois

Award Winner - May 2012

The new student-centered building is a hub for campus activity and has revitalized the existing McCormick Hall, which was opened in 1925 and remodeled in 1961. Administrative, educational and instructional spaces were added in a new west addition to the building, which extends west toward Main Street, with portions spanning University Drive. The building provides multiple large recreation and academic venues to support existing and new programs.

Colorado State University Student Recreation Center

Fort Collins, Colorado

Award Winner - May 2012

A lot of new spaces were added, including a climbing wall and bouldering area, an outdoor bouldering rock, martial arts space, special needs spaces (gender-inclusive restrooms and changing rooms), new meeting spaces, a private changing room in the women's locker room, exercise studios, MAC gym and more. A complete success, the facility has seen a 30 percent increase in usage since it was reopened.

University of South Dakota Wellness Center

Vermillion, South Dakota

Award Winner - May 2012

Prior to completion of this nearly-57,000-square-foot center, students relied on the university's Dakota Dome, but this space was no longer able to meet the needs of both student-athletes and general students. Students and the university wanted an exclusive space to support health and wellness, and to strengthen the sense of community among students, as well as between students and faculty beyond the classroom walls.

The Center for Athletics, Recreation & Fitness
Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Award Winner - May 2012

This cornerstone of a new campus master plan aims to enhance the total student life experience at Gettysburg College, creating a new axis for campus with a strong visual connection with its entry and the existing football stadium entry. The center features a 20,000-square-foot aquatic center with 50-meter pool, a 35-foot climbing wall, bouldering wall, locker rooms, multipurpose room and 10,000-square-foot fitness center. The initial phase of this $22.9 million project also included updates to the central energy plan and a 5,000-square-foot renovation of the existing fieldhouse to create a competition area.