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.
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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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
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
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
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
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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