Seventh Annual Innovative Architecture & Design Awards

Beyond the Ordinary

Beyond the Ordinary

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hat do a California park, an athletic events center in Wisconsin, a health club in Kentucky and a military fitness center in the Alaskan interior have in common? All are among the winners of our Seventh Annual Innovative Architecture & Design Awards contest—where we recognize outstanding new and renovated facilities on the cutting edge of recreation, sports and fitness facility design.

Many of our winners have more in common than being recognized here. Two of the winners were built on former landfill sites. Three of the winners will serve to bring more children, families and individuals outdoors in their community. And many of the winners are either LEED certified or have otherwise demonstrated an impressive commitment to sustainable design.

Above all else, all of this year's winners serve as outstanding examples of what can be done with a commitment to innovative design in recreation, sports and fitness facilities of all types. Among these winners, you're sure to find a launching point for your own dream and vision for your facility.

This year saw a record number of entries, and our winners were carefully analyzed and scored by our panel of expert judges, architects and designers from across the United States with experience in recreation and sports design. In addition to scoring individual elements of each facility, the judges also let us know which facilities knocked their socks off.

In the following pages, you'll read the results of this process, with innovative winners as well as fascinating facility highlights. We applaud the efforts of every team that worked to realize the vision of the projects on these pages for their dedication to collaborate, innovate and create outstanding facilities.

The judges looked at many factors as they considered each entry in detail. Greater weight is not given to pricier or bigger facilities, with each facility earning its score based on its own merits and scope. That means you can find small and large projects meeting a wide range of budgets on these pages. Above all else, it is creative design and innovation that earn these facilities their place among the winners.

Judges scored each facility in seven different categories, as well as providing their thoughts and comments to further illustrate their overall impression of each entry. The criteria scored by the judges include:

RECREATIONAL VALUE: Serving patrons' needs, impact on community, fulfilling project's goals

INDOOR APPEARANCE: Creating visual excitement and comfort, good use of textures and colors, interesting focal points and features

OUTDOOR APPEARANCE: Curb appeal, site improvements, "fit" into natural landscape

ORIGINALITY OF PLAN AND DESIGN: Proportion and scale, clever use of space, smart layout, interesting features

CRAFTSMANSHIP: Attention to detail, harmony of materials, quality of construction

FUNCTIONAL AND OPERATIONAL ELEMENTS: Good use of space, easy to manage and maintain, safe and efficient for staff and patrons, efficient uses of energy and natural resources

INNOVATIVE DESIGN: Overall impression of how the project fits the award, based on the facility's originality, creativity and uniqueness

In addition to our 10 winners, for the third year we've selected one outstanding project for the Editor's Choice Award. This year's winner is an Air Force fitness facility located in the Alaskan interior, where long, cold, dark winters make the facility's commitment to energy conservation particularly impressive. Turn to page 32 to learn more about how personnel can now take advantage of expanded space for activities and fitness.

As always, we were impressed with the creativity of all the designers, owners, builders and consultants on the projects submitted for our consideration. We invite you to submit your own innovative design for consideration in 2010, when we'll once again showcase the latest and greatest innovations in recreation, sports and fitness facilities.


P I C T U R E  T H I S

To help our entrants provide a complete picture for our panel of judges,
we asked them to contribute a narrative describing their innovative projects.

Here are the questions we asked to help guide their description
as they illustrated the best features of their facilities:


WHAT IS THE FACILITY'S RECREATIONAL VALUE?
How is this facility serving its community's needs?

WHAT IS THE PROJECT VALUE?
(value versus cost, in terms of "bang for the buck") Any creative financing or grants?

WHAT'S INNOVATIVE ABOUT THE PROJECT?
In what ways is it unique and creative in its design?

HOW IS ITS AESTHETIC PRESENTATION?
Does it create visual excitement and comfort, inside and out?

WHAT IS THE DESIGN CONCEPT FOR THIS PROJECT?
How well does it meet functional and operational expectations?

ARE THERE ANY SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS TO BRING TO THE JUDGES' ATTENTION?



PROFILES COMPILED AND WRITTEN BY: STACY ST. CLAIR AND EMILY TIPPING



W I N N E R S

Hats Off to the
Following Winners!

(appearing in no particular order):

Click on a winner for the whole story

TRINITY RIVER AUDUBON CENTER

JESTER PARK NATURAL PLAYSCAPE

SHORELINE PARKS

STUDENT RECREATION & WELLNESS CENTER, UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN OSHKOSH

INNISFIL RECREATION COMPLEX

VIEW RIDGE SWIM & TENNIS CLUB

RECREATION CENTER, EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

KRESS EVENTS CENTER, UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN - GREEN BAY

THE NORTHSIDE AZTLAN COMMUNITY CENTER

URBAN ACTIVE FITNESS AT TAYLORSVILLE ROAD



E D I T O R ' S  C H O I C E

And to our Editor's
Choice Award-Winner


EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE FITNESS CENTER



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:


SOUTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY WELLNESS CENTER

CLAUDE MOORE RECREATION CENTER

WRIGHT STATE UNIVERSITY RECREATION/STUDENT UNION

VILLASPORT ATHLETIC CLUB & SPA

WARTBURG-WAVERLY SPORTS & WELLNESS CENTER

ALTOONA CAMPUS - MULTIPHASE EXPANSION

HERSHEY CENTRE SPORTS COMPLEX

STUDENT RECREATION CENTER, MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY

CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY, ERIN J. LASTINGER ATHLETICS COMPLEX

PINEDALE AQUATIC CENTER

ERIE COMMUNITY CENTER

GLADSTONE COMMUNITY CENTER

SOUTH DAVIS RECREATION CENTER

PAYSON CITY AQUATIC CENTER

WASHINGTON SPORTS CLUB, COLUMBIA HEIGHTS

MACALESTER COLLEGE, LEONARD CENTER ATHLETIC & WELLNESS COMPLEX

KALAHARI INDOOR THEME PARK



O U R   2 0 0 9   P A N E L   O F   J U D G E S

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.

David Burch


David Burch is a project manager and landscape architect in the Milwaukee office of Bonestroo Inc., a multidisciplinary engineering, planning and design consulting firm. His projects, which range in size from 1 acre to more than 900 acres, focus on creative solutions for communities that want to integrate parks, recreation, trails and land management into systems that improve health, connectivity and sustainability. He is currently on the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Park and Recreation Association Foundation, and serves as president of the Board of Directors for The Park Foundation of Waukesha, and for The Donna Lexa Community Art Centers.


Greg Houston, AIA


Greg Houston has been a principal at Marmon Mok Architecture in San Antonio, Texas, since 1994. His experience over the past 20 years in recreation and sports architecture includes the design and planning of facilities ranging from major campus recreation projects to community sports venues. He has provided services for these projects that range from initial project study and community survey through design, construction and commissioning. As a practicing architect, Greg has led the design team for major projects, including the nationally recognized Student Recreation Center and Natatorium at Texas A&M University in College Station. Greg is a member of the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) and the National Intramural-Recreation Sports Association (NIRSA), and has been a repeated speaker at NIRSA conferences.


Bob McDonald, AIA, NCARB


Bob McDonald is a senior principal with Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative (OLC), headquartered in Denver. He is a LEED 2.0 accredited architect who has worked in the public recreation sector for 14 years, teaming with many municipalities to create recreational venues with great success. Bob holds degrees in both Architecture and Architectural Engineering. His expertise extends beyond design, detailing and project management to include programming and aid in operations proforma development. He is also an accomplished public speaker, both as a facilitator for public meetings and a conference presenter at regional conferences for Park and Recreation Associations, as well as national engagements for Athletic Business and the Medical Fitness Association.


Colleen McKenna, Assoc. AIA,
LEED AP


Colleen McKenna is an associated principal with Cannon Design. Over the course of her professional career as a sports planner, Colleen has served on the design teams of over 40 sports and recreation facility projects, ranging from feasibility and programming studies to full architectural services. Her diverse portfolio includes college and university recreation centers, intercollegiate athletic facilities and community centers, including the award-winning University of Maine Student Recreation and Fitness Center. Part of the leadership team for Cannon Design's national sports practice, Colleen supports the practice with an in-depth knowledge of functional planning requirements, which result in design solutions that meet the diverse needs of both competitive and recreational participants. A frequently invited guest speaker at sports conferences throughout the country, Colleen has delivered presentations on topics ranging from sustainability to facility design. An associate member of the American Institute of Architects, Colleen was recently named among Boston Business Journal's "40 Under 40," an award recognizing outstanding professionals.


Tom Poulos, AIA


Tom Poulos is a registered architect and a principal with Williams Architects Ltd. in Carol Stream, Ill., a leader in recreation facility design in the Midwest. During his career serving public recreation agencies, Tom has worked on a variety of community and recreation center projects, and has been involved in a range of project phases including architectural programming, feasibility studies, space analysis, design and master planning. Tom has managed complex projects from conceptual design through construction.


Michael Pratl, AIA


Michael Pratl is director of Sports and Recreation Facilities at Jacobs Facilities, Inc., a nationally recognized architectural, engineering and construction firm. He has over 20 years of experience developing and managing municipal recreation projects from the feasibility study phase through design and construction. Mike is involved with national and state park and recreation associations, is a member of his own city's Planning & Zoning Board, and has addressed sessions at conferences across the United States.




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