Category Archives: Design

Architectural Showcase Announced

Athletic Business has sponsored the Architectural Showcase which recognizes the best in recently constructed athletic, recreation and fitness facilities.  These facilities are judged by a panel of leading sports facility architects which choose 10 to recieve the annual Facility of Merit Award.  Over the years, Counsilman – Hunsaker has been honored by recieving over 25 Facility of Merit Awards.    The June issue reveals the 2012 Showcase submissions for this years coveted Award.  There are over 80 submissions for this years consideration.  Counsilman – Hunsaker is honored to have work on nine of these projects.

Colorado State University – Fort Collins, CO 

Coppin State University – Baltimore, MD

Fruita Community Center, CO 

Grinnell College, IA 

Illinois State University – Normal, IL 

Ithaca College, NY

Morehead State University, KY

Virginia Commonwealth University – Richmond, VA

University of Maryland, Baltimore


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Industry Awards Announced

The 2012 NIRSA Outstanding Facilities Awards have been announced.  NIRSA Awards acknowledge service, leadership, research, and innovation within recreational sports in higher education today.  These awards ceremony was held March 27 – 30 in Tampa, Florida. 

Center for Recreation and Sport Adelphi University (Architect: Cannon Design)  

Student Recreation & Wellness Center Ball State University (Architect: MSKTD & Associates, Inc.) 

 Student Recreation and Wellness Center California State University, Long Beach (Architect: Cannon Design)  

Student Recreation Center Colorado State University (Architect: Hastings+Chivetta Architects, Inc.)  

Student Fitness Center & McCormick Hall Illinois State University (Architect: Dewberry) (Architect: RDG Planning & Design)  

Recreation and Wellness Center Morehead State University (Architect: Hastings+Chivetta Architects, Inc.) 

McAlexander Fieldhouse Oregon State University (Architect: Yost Grube Hall Architecture) (Architect: Facilities Services, Oregon State University)  

Southwest Recreation Center University of Florida (Architect: RDG Planning & Design) (Architect: Charles Perry Partners, Inc.)  

Cary Street Gym Virginia Commonwealth University (Architect: Moseley Architects) (Architect: Hastings+Chivetta Architects, Inc.)


Counsilman – Hunsaker is honored to have worked on five of these projects including: 

   Adelphi University – Garden City, NY

   Colorado State University – Fort Collins, CO

   Illinois State University – Normal, IL

   Morehead State University, KY

   Virginia Commonwealth University – Richmond, VA


Approximately one-third of American men and 40% of women report NO leisure time physical activity.

2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that adults should be activity. Some physical activity is better than none, and adults who participate in any amount of physical activity gain some health benefits. For substantial health benefits, the Guidelines recommend adults perform at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity, 75 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity, or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity.  Overall, approximately 1/3 of American men and nearly 40% of American women report NO leisure time physical activity.

In 2011, only about 45% of Americans overall met the aerobic guidelines. However, prevalence ranges from -65% in 18-24 year old men to a little more than 20% in 75+ year old women.  Women were less likely than men to meet the aerobic guidelines. The percentage of adults who met the guidelines decreases with age. White, non-Hispanic adults were more likely to meet the guidelines for aerobic activity (50.2%, based on leisure-time activity) than other race/ethnic groups (35.0% for Hispanic adults; 39.2% for non­ Hispanic African American adults).

The above data was shared at the Learn-To-Swim Innovator Meeting in Colorado Springs Colorado on April 25, 2012.  This meeting was sponsored by the National Swimming Pool Foundation.


Historic McCarren Park Pool To Reopen

The McCarren Park Pool that is located in Brooklyn, New York is set to reopen for the first time in 28 years.  Orginally the size of four Olympic swimming pools, the pool complex has undergone a $50 million restoration.  Today’s aquatic facility includes “the beach” which features spray fountains and becomes a skating rink in the winter.

Portable Lifts Grandfathered For Pool ADA

New Rules outlined by the DOJ this week allows for portable lifts purchased before March 15, 2012 to be acceptable if kept in place.  According to an article published by Aquatics International today, DOJ will not be enforcing the fixed lift requirement for those operators who purchased a portable lift before March 15, 2012.    The DOJ went on to clarify that for municipal facilities (Type 2) that every pool does not have to be accessible.