Problem Solver - August 2007
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Improving Sports Fields with Concessions and Restrooms

We would like to add restroom buildings and a concession stand to our ballfield. What is the most cost-effective option?

Yours is not an uncommon dilemma these days, especially as the popularity of youth sports continues to grow. In many areas, kids are flocking to the fields to take part in youth sports. Adding restrooms is essential, but if you can find a building that also includes a concession stand, you can provide a place for soccer clubs and baseball clubs to raise funds for their team or league. And of course, the more games and teams playing on your fields, the more you'll need durable restroom structures.

For most parks, the easiest—and most financially sound—options are portable, precast concrete buildings that house both restrooms and concession stands.

Park buildings are major investments, and recreation managers often worry about whether the structure's immediate use will meet the venue's future needs. Pre-engineered buildings go a long way to alleviating the stress surrounding the addition of snack shacks and restrooms.

Pre-engineered restroom and concession manufacturers offer design services to craft durable multi-use facilities with additional space for showers and dressing rooms, concession booths and outdoor covered shelters, equipment storage and mechanical rooms, and even office space. At youth ballparks, for example, you might want to consider a building that houses restrooms, a concession area and a storage room. The additional storage space gives teams an excellent option for keeping equipment on hand that might be needed on the field, such as balls, portable goals and much more.

Because they're pre-engineered, these kinds of structures don't require you to turn to an architect or engineer to design the facility, and you won't need a general contractor to build it. That adds up to major cost and time savings. With design help from the building's manufacturer, an array of sizes, styles, finishes and features are available to tailor the building so it can fit just about any site or situation.

Major design concerns include building size, fixtures and hardware, accessibility, vandal-resistance and ease of maintenance. A quality precast concrete building, for example, won't burn, rot or rust, and is resistant to vandalism and harsh weather conditions. In addition to this durability, precast concrete structures are incredibly secure. Appearance and flexibility of function are also key considerations. For example, a variety of exterior finishes are available so buildings can blend in with nearby structures. Most precast concrete buildings can be installed in less than a day, require no foundation and—best of all—can be relocated if needed. If your park's demands change, the concession stand and restrooms can be moved to another location with ease. Their flexibility ensures that tomorrow's needs can be met by facilities built today.

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