RDG in the Media: Better, Stronger, Healthier
RDG Architect Blaine Perau, AIA discusses emerging trends in collegiate sports facility design for 2022 in the May 2022 issue of Recreation Management Magazine.
The design goals for collegiate sports facilities is largely unchanged, but new advanced in technology are resulting in more effective designs. Tools such as BIM 360, visualizing software and diversity in staff specialization like wellness and sustainability are being integrated earlier in the processes through multiple disciplines. Design for today’s collegiate sports venues and facilities must be better, stronger, healthier and more high-tech than ever before.
Recruitment is such an important aspect right now, said Perau, and architecture is following. Facilities that can translate success on the court and field are a critical element because they can make the difference between bringing in 4- and 5-star recruits. It’s all based on the experience of their first visit and what sticks in their mind when they’re on campus.
In addition to being a driving factor for recruitment, facilities are now mimicking the comforts of home by way of nap rooms, kitchens, bowling alleys and entertainment/relaxation spaces. Facilities are now integrating spaces for mental health and wellness to maximize athletic performance. Spa-like atmospheres and hydrotherapy recovery rooms and now under the same roof as therapy suites, medical clinics and life-skills training spaces creating an all-in-one space and recruiting magnet for collegiate athletes.