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Playing Well with Others: The Challenge of Combination Recreation/Athletic Facilities on Smaller College Campuses

  • 0.1 NIRSA CEUs
  • Wednesday, March 7, 11:00am-noon
  • Room 407
  • Jennifer Stephens, Perkins+Will/Sink Combs Dethlefs
  • Mid-Level (Manager), Executive

Core Competencies

Facility Management, Planning & Design
Research & Evaluation

Not every college/university environment can accommodate a practice space, locker rooms, meeting rooms, training spaces and competition venues for every sport. Dedicated single-use space is the reality for powerful Division I programs, but for smaller schools shared spaces are necessary in order to support a variety of sports. Often recreation combines with athletics to get the most value for the facilities. This session will address navigating the challenges of shared facilities.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the most important aspects of both recreation and athletic facilities on smaller college campuses and discuss what amenities can be shared, which must be separate, and which cannot be compromised.
  • Address specific design issues that cause conflict, particularly those that involve athletic competition within the facility.
  • Strategize ways to compromise and build consensus in a multi-use facility for the overall good of the program.