Outstanding Sports Facilities Award 2017-11-16T17:23:27+00:00
NIRSA Assembly

Outstanding Sports Facilities Awards

The NIRSA Outstanding Sports Facilities Awards recognize the innovative designs of new, renovated, or expanded collegiate recreational facilities of NIRSA Member Institutions.

Celebrate your exceptional facility by submitting an application for the NIRSA Outstanding Sports Facilities Awards. Awards are conferred to institutions for facilities that have been built or renovated in the previous year and a half.  Please review the eligibility requirements for more details.

Presented each year at the NIRSA Annual Conference & Recreational Sports Expo, awards will honor facilities that demonstrate excellence in a number of critical areas, including architectural design, functionality, and how well the facility meets its intended purpose. Winning facilities exemplify the institution’s commitment to providing the higher education experience desired and valued by students.

Recipient institutions receive a plaque commemorating their achievement; designated architects receive a spire; additional collaborators are honored with a certificate by request; and winning facilities along with collaborators are prominently displayed on the NIRSA website. Winning facilities are considered a standard by which other collegiate recreational facilities should be measured, and from which others can benefit.

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The nomination deadline is November 1

Submit Nomination Form
The application period is closed

Approximately ten winners are selected each year, with no further distinction made among the winners.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the 2018 NIRSA Outstanding Sports Facilities Award:

  • Applicants must be a current NIRSA institutional member.
  • Project must be a new construction or an expansion/renovation.
  • Project must have been opened between November 1, 2015 and October 31, 2017.
  • Project should be valued at or above $2 million (excluding design and land fees) or total 20,000 or more square feet for highest consideration.
  • At least 50% of the facility’s net square footage must be intended for recreational sports.

Facilities that have won the award in the past are now eligible to apply for the award again but must meet all general eligibility standards above as well as the following criteria:

  • The facility must be at least 10 years removed from winning the award previously.
  • If the project is a renovation, at least 50% of the original space must be affected and the renovation must show significant change to the space. Significant change should be addressed in the executive summary, including information about the change/benefit to the program and details about what the renovation added to the space that was not previously available.
  • If no renovation is done, the project must include an expansion of at least 50% of the square footage of the original facility.

Indoor facilities are recognized each year, with awards for outdoor facilities given every three years. Applications for outdoor facilities will be accepted in the fall of 2018, for the 2019 awards.

Selection Criteria

The selection committee, comprised of the members of the Outstanding Sports Facilities Committee, evaluates each facility for its architectural design, functionality, and how well it meets its intended purpose. Facilities are judged in the following areas:

  • Correlation to Campus Master Plan & Mission
  • Intended and Actual Impact on the Recreational Program
  • Unique Aesthetic of Architectural Features
  • Relationship Between Facility Design & Staffing
  • Innovative Construction Materials or Methods
  • Sustainable Features
  • Technological Benefits for Customer, Staff and/or Budget

Please Note: The most successful applications are completed with representation from both the institution and the architectural firm or representative. Information regarding the construction project details and the impact on recreational programs and services should be combined to provide a well thought out, collaborative application.

Previous Recipients

Presented each year at the NIRSA Annual Conference & Recreational Sports Expo, awards will honor facilities that demonstrate excellence in a number of critical areas, including architectural design, functionality, and how well the facility meets its intended purpose. Winning facilities exemplify the institution’s commitment to providing the higher education experience desired and valued by students.

20172016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013

For More Info

Contact the NIRSA Membership Outreach Coordinator, Emily Hughes or Outstanding Sports Facilities Awards Committee Chair, Silvia Chan.