Schools invest in recreation facilities because they recognize their enormous value. Not only are rec facilities important student recruiting tools, they also create places of community on campus and promote health and well-being. Rec facilities provide students with opportunities to interact with faculty, staff, and peers. They assist and support the student body, and enhance the student collegiate experience.
NIRSA’s goal in highlighting the Built Communities concept is to look at recreation facilities as more than simply spaces to use for programming purposes. Instead, NIRSA Professionals expect rec facilities to be vibrant learning spaces where students start establishing healthy lifelong behaviors while learning real-world skills as employees and participants.
In adopting Built Communities, campuses make facilities and spaces less permanent and more functional. This allows them to offer more intentional services, programs, and opportunities. Built Communities promotes multiple departments collaborating on a strategic planning process, which ends up saving universities money and helps facilities operate with diminishing resources.
The NIRSA Recreation Facilities Institute, presented by Mondo, provides in-depth information on planning, constructing, renovating, and operating recreation sports facilities.
The 2015 Institute will continue the conversation started at the 2014 Institute on Built Communities—the concept of finding new and different ways of building, programming, and operating to create an inclusive environment.
Track the conversation and get all the latest updates via twitter with #Triventure.