2016 NIRSA Recreation Facilities Institute presented by Mondo

October 19-21, 2016 • Tempe, Arizona

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This event is now over. Please contact NIRSA Professional Development if you need any information regarding this event.

“Building Sustainable Communities”

The building boom for recreation sports facilities continues to increase demand for knowledgeable and qualified facility managers and directors. The NIRSA Recreation Facilities Institute, presented by Mondo, provides in-depth information on planning, constructing, renovating, and operating recreation sports facilities.

NIRSA Recreation Facilities Institute attendees may choose between educational sessions focused on design/construction or management operations. In addition to the top-notch educational sessions, facility tours are included for some of the area’s top recreational facilities. The on-campus tours are designed to complement the educational sessions, and the networking opportunities with recreational sports managers, recreational program directors, and architects from across North America.

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Keynote Speaker

Meg Rapp, 2016 NIRSA Recreation Facilities Institute - Keynote Speaker

Meg Rapp, AIA, LEED AP

2016 Facilities Institute Keynote Speaker
Architect/Associate – Populous

Meg Rapp is an Architect Associate at Populous, Inc. Meg’s varied project experience provides a unique perspective on architecture, allowing her to draw upon an understanding of multiple project types and sizes. With projects on three continents ranging from athletics and recreation facilities to healthcare and mixed-use development, Meg approaches projects from multiple scales, seeking to provide well-rounded design solutions.

A Colorado native with a passion for endurance sports, Meg enjoys the active lifestyle the Front Range has to offer and recognizes its impact on the built environment. Meg shares her love of architecture by volunteering with several organizations to teach children and young adults about the importance of architecture and the built environment. She is also involved in youth sports programs that foster confidence and encourage healthy, active lifestyles.
As the keynote speaker for the 2016 NIRSA Recreation Facilities Institute, Meg’s presentation will feature an overview of the past, present, and possible future trends in sustainability as it pertains to campus recreation, within the realm of facility planning, design and construction.

Thinking of attending the Institute?

  • Directors who oversee facility management and/or design

  • Senior administrators who want to learn more about new facilities and their profound impact on the success of an institution

  • Master planners at colleges and universities

  • Architects and design firms who work or are considering working with colleges and universities

  • Facilities professionals who manage and oversee facility operations and/or the design of new facilities

  • Programming professionals who want to build their knowledge in the facilities profession

  • Students who are interested in pursuing a career in non-profit recreation, sports, and fitness

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This year’s institute theme is “Building Sustainable Communities,” which is meant to highlight environmental and economic sustainability values constructed throughout our facilities.


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The proposal deadline has passed.

The Recreation Facilities Institute Committee has recommended the following specific session topics:

  • Campus safety (e.g. guns on campus, active shooter, emergency action plans etc.)
  • Locker rooms (e.g. gender neutral bathrooms, rentals, locks etc.)
  • Housekeeping (e.g. schedules, full-time vs. students, staffing levels on weekends etc.)
  • Adaptive recreation (e.g. technology, building/renovations, equipment, programming etc.)
  • Scheduling software (e.g. what is it?, technology, pros vs. cons etc.)
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Embassy Suites Phoenix-Tempe

The NIRSA room block is sold out for the Embassy Suites Phoenix-Tempe. We have been able to secure another discounted room block at the SpringHill Suites Tempe at Arizona Mills Mall. Each room in the block has a king bed with a sofa bed. Shuttles to the Embassy Suites Phoenix-Tempe will be provided as part of your reservation. Book your discounted room here.


$119/night + tax for single/double


Attendees can make reservations by calling 410-897-7444 and requesting the NIRSA rate, or by using the NIRSA Reservation Link. Reservations need to be made no later than Friday, September 23 to confirm the discounted group rate. Roommate matching is available through the 2016 NIRSA Facilities Institute Community; feel free to post any roommate requests in the Connect Community.  

Airport Shuttles

Both the Embassy Suites Phoenix-Tempe and SpringHill Suites Tempe at Arizona Mills Mall provide airport transportation. Please contact your respective hotel for airport shuttle information.

Facility Tours


Precon Day in Tucson, Arizona

  • Kino Sports Complex
  • University of Arizona
Half-Day Tours 1

  • Sun Devil Fitness Complex-Downtown
  • Sun Devil Fitness Complex-Tempe
  • Ability 360
  • Sun Devil Fitness Complex-Polytechnic
Half-Day Tours 2

  • University of Phoenix Stadium
  • Sun Devil Fitness Complex-West


Join your colleagues in “Building Sustainable Communities.” Register today!

Attendee Pricing & Registration
Expo Pricing & Registration

2016 NIRSA Recreation Facilities Institute Pricing

Attendee Registration Options

Early Bird on or before Sept. 7, 2016 Regular after Sept. 7, 2016
from a Member Institution $490 $560
from a Non-Member Institution $540 $610
Additional member from Same Member Institution $465 $535
from a Member Institution $625 $695
from a Non-Member Institution $660 $730
One-Day Registration–Professional/Student Rate (Wednesday | Thursday | Friday) $250 $300
Associate Contact (attending only*) $550 $620
Additional Associate Contact from same Member Company (attending only*) $525 $595
Nonmember (Associate Contact) $700 $770
Nonmember (Associate Contact) $350 $400
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2016 NIRSA Recreation Facilities Institute Expo Pricing

Exhibitor Registration Options

Early Bird on or before Sept. 7, 2016 Regular after Sept. 7, 2016
Full Access to Institute Associate Member-Company (includes 1 badge) $850 $920
Additional Badge(s) $200/ea $270/ea
Associate Nonmember-Company (includes 1 badge) $1,100 $1,170
Additional Badge(s) $300 $370
Exhibiting Only Associate Member-Company (includes 1 badge) $500 $570
Additional Badge(s) $25/ea $30/ea
Associate Nonmember-Company (includes 1 badge) $750 $820
Additional Badge(s) $50/ea $60/ea
Sponsors Additional Badge(s) $150/ea $200/ea
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Co-Chair – Gregory Haverlock, University of South Florida-St. Petersburg Campus

Co-Chair – Silvia Chan, University of Connecticut

Phil Carter, Arizona State University

Todd Hammonds, University of California-Santa Cruz

Lashica Thomas, Columbus State University

Tina Villard, Rice University

Tom Woodman, University of Texas at Arlington

Brittany Rejda, NIRSA Headquarters

For more information, contact NIRSA Assistant Director of Professional Development, Brittany Rejda.


If you are managing, building, renovating, or otherwise involved with your campus facilities, be sure to represent your organization while collecting new ideas at the 2016 NIRSA Recreation Facilities Institute presented by Mondo.

The NIRSA Recreation Facilities Institute presented by Mondo is NIRSA’s premier event for those looking to build or renovate a rec facility as well as individuals who manage and operate these facilities.