University Of Alabama At Birmingham

Birmingham,

Campus Recreation Center Feasibility Study

In 1999 the University of Alabama at Birmingham engaged B&D to evaluate the feasibility of developing a comprehensive, contemporary student recreation center funded by a dedicated student fee. Our analysis of existing conditions revealed that the university had a shortage of dedicated recreation space which was exacerbated by the expansion of its varsity athletic programs since that expanded space was not available for use by the majority of students. Through our survey we discovered that a majority of students wanted improved recreational facilities even if it required an increased fee. Our competitive context study proved that this proposed facility would improve the school’s position in the market for recruitment and retention of students. We developed a building program for the new recreation facility that would meet the needs of the entire campus population and our recommendation was for a 148,000 SF center. In addition, our financial analysis illustrated that the recommended architectural program was feasible within the constraints of construction, operating costs, fees, debt service, and replacement reserve. As a result, the new Campus Recreation Center was completed in 2005—a $21.3 million, 152,275 SF facility that received an Innovative Architecture & Design award from Recreation Management magazine, a NIRSA Outstanding Sports Facility award, and an Education Design Showcase “Honorable Mention” from College Planning & Management magazine.

THE LATEST IN CAMPUS ATHLETIC AND RECREATION FACILITIES

Presented by Greg Wachalski, Christopher R. Haupt, and Al Oberlander at the 2008 School Building Expo.

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RECREATION CENTERS 101: A PRIMER FOR UNION DIRECTORS

Presented by Bart Hall, David Body, and Dave Edwards at the 2008 ACUI Conference.

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RECREATION CENTERS 101: A PRIMER FOR UNION DIRECTORS

Presented by Brad Noyes, David Body, and Thomas Compton at the 2006 ACUI Conference.

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