University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa,

Recreational Facilities Master Plan, Program Of Architectural Requirements, Business Plan, Architectural Selection, Design Review, And FF&E

In 1999 B&D was retained by the University of Alabama to complete a recreational facilities master plan for its main campus. Current and proposed facilities included a golf course, a recreation center, an aquatic center, outdoor fields, and a tennis complex. The university recognized that existing facilities could no longer meet the needs of the campus population. The plan called for a 50,000 SF addition to the existing student recreation center, 12 new outdoor tennis courts, and a new outdoor aquatic center, all of which would be funded with a new student fee of $70/semester. We were involved with two phases of the projects. In Phase l our scope included an analysis of peer institutions; focus groups; off-campus analysis; a survey to determine demand; and a program of activities. In Phase ll we developed a program of architectural requirements and a business plan, managed the architectural selection, and were involved in design review and the procurement of FF&E. Ultimately, new outdoor tennis courts were completed in 2000; the new outdoor aquatic center opened in 2003; and the renovated and expanded student recreation center opened in 2004. The $23 million project earned our team several awards, including a 2005 Outstanding Sports Facility award from NIRSA.

RECREATIONAL FACILITIES PLANNING: EXCELLENCE FROM THE BEGINNING

Presented by Kim Martin, George Brown, and Dave Larson at the 2001 NIRSA Conference.

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