Sports and Recreational Facilities

As major centers of social and economic importance across the world, sports facilities and recreational buildings need to be optimized to admit hundreds or thousands of people on a regular basis, as well as to meet the needs of whatever activity takes place in the facility. Whether you’re looking for just the right turf or the most comfortable stadium seating, designing and building these facilities can lead into ultra-specialized waters, and requires a delicate balance of expertise.
Pumped-up recreation centers help build body, mind, and spirit

The Bickman Fitness Center expansion at Clark University, completed in September 2013, provides space for an expanded cardio fitness program, with additional room for equipment storage and multipurpose events. Photo: John Horner Photography / courtesy Perkins+Will

February 21, 2015 | C.C. Sullivan, Contributing Editor

Adopting facility layouts from Asian and European models, today’s sports and recreational buildin...

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Chargers and Raiders propose joint stadium in Carson

The proposed site is a 168-acre parcel at the southwest quadrant of the intersection of the 405 freeway and Del Amo Boulevard. Renderings courtesy of Scott Boehm/Manica Architecture.

February 20, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Two rival teams may bring the NFL back to Los Angeles.

First Look: Sacramento Planning Commission approves mixed-use tower by the new Kings arena

An aerial view of the proposed tower, standing next to the new downtown arena in Sacramento. Renderings courtesy Rios Clementi Hale Studios.

February 13, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The project, named Downtown Plaza Tower, will have 16 stories and will include a public lobby, re...

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New Appraisal Institute form aids in analysis of green commercial building features

Hillsdale Library, Portland, Ore. Photo: M.O. Stevens via Wikimedia Commons

February 12, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The Institute’s Commercial Green and Energy Efficient Addendum offers a communication tool that l...

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Gensler proposes network of cycle highways in London’s unused underground

The firm hopes the project can kickstart efforts to turn subterranean London into a thriving public space. Renderings courtesy Gensler London

February 12, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Unused tube lines would host pedestrian paths, cycle routes, cultural spaces, and retail outlets....

Under the sea: Manmade island functions as artificial reef

Renderings courtesy Quentin Perchet, Thomas Yvon, and Zarko Uzlac

February 06, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The proposed island would allow visitors to view the enormous faux-reef and its accompanying mari...

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Arup unveils plans for the new A.C. Milan stadium

The stadium's removable roof will help migitate noise in the surrounding area. Renderings courtesy Arup

February 04, 2015 | Arup

The venue will include a modern stage for the home matches together with a hotel, sports college,...

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Hot Box, by Michaela MacLeod of Polymtis Architecture and Nicholas Croft, was o

Hot Box, by Michaela MacLeod of Polymtis Architecture and Nicholas Croft, was one of five winning submissions.

January 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Five winning designs have been unveiled for lifeguard stands that will double as public space art...

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Vilnius Beacon, Daniel Libeskind
January 15, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Perched on the highest peak between Vilnius' historic quarter and downtown, the Vilnius Beacon wi...

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January 07, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Converting the Astrodome to an urban farm and public park is one of the proposals on the table in...

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Kroenke Groups owner, billionaire real estate developer Stan Kroenke, is the fi

Kroenke Groups owner, billionaire real estate developer Stan Kroenke, is the first existing NFL owner to control enough land in

January 06, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Kroenke Group is the latest in a series of high-profile investors that want to bring back pro foo...

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Photo: Geo Swan via Wikimedia Commons

Photo: Geo Swan via Wikimedia Commons

January 02, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Construction consultant FMI foresees—with some caveats—continuing growth in the office, lodging,...

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Renderings courtesy Manica Architecture

Renderings courtesy Manica Architecture

December 31, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Golden State Warriors, currently the team with the best record in the National Basketball Ass...

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The Floating Surf Park proposed for Melbournes Victoria Harbour. Rendering cour
December 18, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The list includes some of the year's epic stadiums, such as World Cup Stadium Arena de Amazonia i...

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Renderings courtesy Damian Rogers Architecture, Arup, Squint/Opera

Renderings courtesy Damian Rogers Architecture, Arup, Squint/Opera

November 19, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The surfing pool would offer 98-foot-wide waves that would run the length of the 500-foot-long en...

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An example of Aons Construction Risk Map, which the portal updates regularly to

An example of Aons Construction Risk Map, which the portal updates regularly to provide clients with insights into where the bu

November 18, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The new interactive tool from Aon Risk Solutions provides real-time updates pertaining to the ris...

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November 18, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Backed by billionaire Barry Diller, the $170 million "floating park" is planned for the Hudson Ri...

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At Coastline Community Colleges Newport Beach (Calif.) Campus, the Building Tea
November 10, 2014 | C.C. Sullivan and Barbara Horwitz-Bennett, Contributing Editors

Providing more comfortable conditions to building occupants has become a top priority in today’s...

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Renderings courtesy Studio Gang Architects

Renderings courtesy Studio Gang Architects

November 06, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The century-old power plant will be converted into a recreation facility with a coffee shop, loun...

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Two separate metal gym buildings accommodate a total of four full-size basketbal
November 05, 2014 | Star Building Systems Sponsored Content

The Fieldhouse Sportscenter in Springfield, Mo., serves as a community center for basketball and...

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Rendering courtesy Dallas Cowboys and Gensler

Rendering courtesy Dallas Cowboys and Gensler

October 31, 2014 | Dallas Cowboys

The Omni property will be one of the only full-service upscale hotels in the area, and serve as a...

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October 20, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The retractable roof, which measures a whopping 1,017-feet across, is made from translucent ETFE...

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The research can help designers identify which products should be subjected to e

The research can help designers identify which products should be subjected to extra scrutiny during the design and construction

October 16, 2014 | Perkins+Will

The white paper includes a list of 193 flame retardants, including 29 discovered in building and...

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Photo courtesy Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities

Photo courtesy Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities

October 15, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The impetus behind Harvard's Center for Green Buildings and Cities is what the design school’s de...

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Invasive probes, including test cuts of existing EIFS cladding, can uncover hidd
October 14, 2014 | Arthur L. Sanders & Benjamin J. Robinson, Hoffmann Architects

This AIA CES Discovery course discusses the six elements of an EIFS wall assembly; common EIFS fa...

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At Ohlone Community College in Fremont, Calif., CannonDesign, in association wit
October 13, 2014 | Raissa Rocha, Associate Editor

This year marks the fifth anniversary of the American Institute of Architects’ effort to have arc...

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Photo: Samuel Boisvert via Wikimedia Commons

Photo: Samuel Boisvert via Wikimedia Commons

September 24, 2014 | AIA

On the heels of recording its strongest pace of growth since 2007, there continues to be an incre...

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September 22, 2014 | Julie Higginbotham, Senior Editor

From metal mesh panels to concealed-suspension ceilings, here's our roundup of the latest acousti...

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September 17, 2014 | American Builders

SunTrust Park will be constructed by American Builders 2017, a joint venture between Brasfield...

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Tesoro Corporation headquarters in San Antonio, TX, a LEED-certified building. P
September 03, 2014 | Green Building Certification Institute

The LEED Proven Provider designation is designed to minimize the need for additional work during...

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