Category Archives: Industry Mentions

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


Three Cities Selected As Canidates for the 2020 Olympics

The International Olympic Committee announced that Istanbul, Tokyo, and Madrid have been shortlisted as cities to bid for hosting the 2020 Olympics.  These candidates were selected from a group of five which included Azerbaijan and Doha.

Games of the XXXII Olympiad 2020 Working Group Report

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.

Healthy Body Seminars Reveal Why Pools and Hot tubs are good for your health and your family

If you read the papers (or Internet), you would think the aquatics field is all about death and pain. The exception is during an Olympic year when we witness some amazing athletes in bathing suits. I have the privilege and blessing to speak to groups around the world. Most people in the pool and spa industry (manufacturers, distributors, retailers, builders and service companies) seem to forget that people don’t buy pools or hot tubs so they can have a filter, variable speed motor, compliant drain cover, or a system to deliver disinfectant. That would be like buying a sports car because you like to get it filled up at the gas station or buy new windshield wiper blades. Give me a break!

Most people buy because the product creates value. It is good for their family, good for their health, or good for their ego. While we know so many folks out there buy a pool because it makes their backyard complete and they love to share the pool with their children and grandchildren, we also know our population is aging, and obese, and what better place to get exercise than in a pool or spa? I have been reading more and more in the trade publications that retailers and builders are hungry for the ‘science behind the pool and spa’ – what makes it so good for us.

Well, I hate to preach from the NSPF choir, but truly, there is only one conference in North and South America that includes a series of seminars on how the water environment helps people’s health. This year’s World Aquatic Health™ Conference (Oct 10-12 – Norfolk, VA) will reveal positive impacts on spinal cord injuries, heart disease, arterial health, autism, multiple sclerosis, and what the World Health Organization (WHO) is thinking about aquatic therapy. Check out the videos of past seminars we have on our YouTube channel.

Reprinted from the NSPF Blog