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.
HOK unveils renderings and video of new St. Louis NFL stadium

A view of the stadium's south entrance. Renderings courtesy HOK

April 24, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Retractable seating in the corners will allow the stadium to be used for FIFA or Major League Soc...

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Figure-eight shaped hotel to open around PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics Facility

The sprawling 317,460-sf site will host a variety of marine and mountain recreation facilities. Renderings courtesy Planning Korea

April 13, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Just three miles away from the Olympic stadiums, the hotel will be a hub of its own.

USTA breaks ground on what will be the country’s largest tennis complex

With 106 courts and 270,000 sf, the USTA National Campus will be the largest tennis complex in the U.S. Rendering: Michel Borg, HKS

April 13, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The 63-acre facility is being positioned as a cornerstone for a sports innovation and performance...

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14 projects that push AEC teaming to the limits

The National September 11 Memorial Museum incorporates evocative artifacts of the destroyed Twin Towers, including the "Last Column" (pictured). It was honored with a Gold Award in BD+C's 2015 Building Team Awards. Photo: Jin Lee / courtesy 9/11 Memorial Museum

April 10, 2015 | BD+C Staff

From Lean construction to tri-party IPD to advanced BIM/VDC coordination, these 14 Building Teams...

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Multifaced fitness center becomes campus landmark

The recreation center’s sloped running track is expressed on the building’s north elevation through a glass curtain wall system and roofline that are sloped to match the incline of the track. Photos courtesy Skanska USA Building

April 09, 2015 | David Barista, Editorial Director

A sloped running track and open-concept design put this Building Team to the test. 

Design for new Milwaukee Bucks stadium is ‘modest and modernist’

Critics have commended the building, with one professor of architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee telling the Journal Sentinel that the design is "not overly zooming and it's not faux historic." Renderings courtesy Populous

April 09, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Designed by local firm Eppstein Uhen Architects and global firm Populous, the sports venue will p...

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Best in steel construction: 12 projects earn steel industry's top building award

The University of Oregon's Hatfield-Dowlin Football Performance Center earned a Merit Award for the design and structure of the facility. Image: Jeremy Bittermann

March 30, 2015 | American Institute of Steel Construction

Calatrava's soaring Innovation Science and Technology Building at Florida Polytechnic University...

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Another plan for renovating Houston’s Astrodome blends public space and history

Photo depicts thousands of Hurricane Katrina survivors from New Orleans. Andrea Booher/FEMA

March 24, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A ULI panel of experts recommends a $242 million renovation that converts the massive building in...

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Designers turn a struggling mall into a hub of learning and recreation that work together and separately

The 32,000 square feet of panels were installed in a six-week period.

March 24, 2015 | Nichiha

Architects help Nashville government transform a struggling mall into a new community space.

Populous design wins competition for Britains’s most sustainable arena

The façade’s crystalline upper floor will adapt to mirror the event or the arena’s surroundings. Rendering courtesy Populous

March 19, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The live-concert venue will seat an audience of 12,000, which the firm says will be masked by “th...

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Foster + Partners wins bid for 2022 World Cup centerpiece stadium in Qatar

The winning design was first proposed in 2010 with the help of Arup and Populous. Renderings courtesy Foster + Partners

March 11, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Norman Foster described the design as “an exciting step forward in stadium design—it will be the...

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FEMA cuts off funding to Indiana after Kokomo continues building stadium in flood zone

Rendering: city of Kokomo, Ind.

March 05, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

FEMA will withhold funding on $5.5 million worth of projects such as building tornado safe rooms...

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New HOK designs for St. Louis NFL stadium unveiled

Renderings courtesy HOK

March 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has assembled a task force to develop plans for an open-air NFL stadi...

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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
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
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
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
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
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
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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