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Matching articles for Green Facilities: 57

Central Park Recreation Center

Denver, Colorado

Award Winner - May 2012

Siting of such a large building—nearly 57,000 square feet—between the park and residential neighborhoods required finesse, as well as an understanding of vehicular and pedestrian patterns. The parking is located adjacent to Martin Luther King Boulevard, one of Denver's larger arterial roads and the main access point to downtown. This allows the remaining site to be more natural and pedestrian friendly. The building footprint is situated to allow the adjacent pocket park to extend across the entry plaza at the upper level. The orientation is rotated slightly north of west to allow spaces to capture western views without direct west solar gain.

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.

Lynnwood Recreation Center

Lynnwood, Washington

Award Winner - May 2012

The renovation has completely remade the facility, with an exterior design that provides a new identity and visibility, with an aesthetic that remains compatible with the existing buildings on the civic campus. Primary exterior materials are consistent with the existing structures. However, in contrast to the level rooflines predominant on the existing buildings, sloped roof forms are introduced over the main entry, the new fitness space and the aquatics expansion.

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.

Hammonasset Beach State Park Visitor's Center

Madison, Connecticut

Award Winner - May 2012

The new 2,500-square-foot building is located at the center of the mile-long beach with nearly 4,000 square feet of deck and boardwalk. Inspiration for the building was derived from the site itself. The requirement to remain sensitive to the coastal environment, both from a conservation standpoint as well as an understanding of its harsh effects on the built environment, led to a design that touches the site lightly with natural materials that will remain serviceable for years to come.

Morehead State University Recreation and Wellness Center

Morehead, Kentucky

Award Winner - May 2012

While the new center is geared toward fitness, it also operates as a new home for the university's intramural sports leagues and features a wi-fi-compatible lounge area and a game room for relaxation and socialization, which comes equipped with billiards, air hockey, foosball and Wii Fit.

Maintenance & Operations

Don't Reinvent the Wheel
Follow LEED Practices to Green Your Cleaning

Feature Article - April 2012

In addition to greener buildings, LEED-certified facilities also focus on greening the way they are kept in top condition. This means close attention to how the facility is kept clean.

Maintenance & Operations: Turf Management

Sustainable Turf Management
An Organic Systems-Based Approach

Feature Article - March 2012

More and more communities and agencies are going green. This includes adopting more sustainable grounds maintenance practices.


Splashpads Get Greener
Innovative Systems Reuse & Replenish Every Splash

Guest Column - March 2012

As splash play areas have become a must-have for parks across the country, designers are coming up with new ways to conserve resources, and reuse water.

Greener Grass Awaits

Environmental & Fiscal Responsibility Team Up in Synthetic Turf

Feature Article - February 2012

Synthetic turf fields have seen a rise in popularity over the past decade. At the same time, synthetic turf fields are beginning to need replacing. Growing environmental awareness and fiscal responsibility combine to make recycling a smart option.