2018 NIRSA Recreation Facilities Institute presented by Mondo

December 5-7, 2018 • Miami, Florida

The NIRSA Recreation Facilities Institute, presented by Mondo, provides in-depth information on planning, constructing, renovating, and operating recreation sports facilities. Since demand for recreation sports facilities continues to increase, recreation professionals need to stay on the forefront of trends and best practices.

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.

Attendees may earn NIRSA CEUs to apply toward the Registry of Collegiate Recreation Sports Professional (RCRSP) credential.


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Keynote Speaker

Arash Izadi

2018 Facilities Institute Keynote Speaker
Principal, Director of Sport + Recreation, LPA, Inc.

Arash has committed his career to the development of sport and recreation facilities that promote student learning and well-being. His passion for the success of collegiate students drives innovative designs of recreation centers across California and Texas. Arash guides clients, students and athletes through the planning, programming and design process to create sustainable and award-winning sport and recreation facilities, while his technical expertise has gained him recognition as an industry leader.

Bringing more than 25 years of professional expertise, Arash’s experience includes project types ranging from recreation centers, aquatic facilities, tennis facilities and stadia, as well as a variety of sports complexes. His contribution to community wellness and recreation design is featured in publications like the Water Efficiency Journal, Los Angeles Wave, Orange County Register and more, and Arash advocates for sustainable recreation facility design at large-scale speaking engagements at Athletic Business, Community College Facility Coalition, California Parks and Recreation Society, and California Independent Schools Conference.

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.

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NIRSA Registry

Attendees may earn NIRSA CEUs to apply toward the Registry of Collegiate Recreation Sports Professional (RCRSP) credential.

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The deadline to submit has passed. Submitters will be notified of their status in August.

The 2018 NIRSA Recreation Facilities Institute theme is “The Power of Connection: The Facility’s Impact on Health and Wellbeing” and is focusing on the following topic areas:

Facility Construction
& Design

  • Well Building Certification
  • Sustainability in design
  • Adaptive equipment
  • Capital Improvement Projects
  • Expansion/Renovation
  • Facility Planning
    • Master Plans
    • Feasibility Studies


  • Facility Maintenance
  • Housekeeping & Maintenance Staffing
    • In-house employees vs. Student Employees vs. External Vendors
  • R&R Plans
  • Preventative Maintenance
  • Yearly Maintenance/Facility Closure


  • Facility access software
  • Scheduling software
  • Business Operations & Software
  • Policies & Procedures
  • Staff development

Safety &
Risk Management

  • Emergency Action Plans
  • Continuity of Operations Plans
  • Disaster preparedness and response
  • Campus Safety
  • Risk Management Audit Drills
The time to submit a presentation proposal has passed.
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Facility Tours

More information coming soon.

Preconference Day
December 4, 2018

The Preconference Facility Tour has reached capacity!

Please contact Rachel Hart to be added to the Precon Tour Waitlist.

  • Barry University
  • UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center
  • Marlins Park

Tour Day 1
December 5, 2018

  • Florida Atlantic University
    • Recreation and Fitness Center
    • FAU Stadium
  • Nova Southeastern University

Tour Day 2
December 7, 2018

  • University of Miami
    • Herbert Wellness Center
  • Florida International University

Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel & Executive Meeting Center

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.


Single/Double: $149/night + tax


You can make reservations online. Reservations need to be made no later than 5:00pm local time November 12, 2018 to confirm the discounted group rate.

Upon registration, NIRSA encourages all attendees to reserve their hotel accommodations within the NIRSA room block. NIRSA relies on strong room block usage to secure ample meeting space, increase negotiation leverage for future institutes, and offset event expenses.

Roommate matching will become available with the opening of registration.


*Access to this Connect community is only available for members with a current Connect Profile.

  • Lashica Thomas, Columbus State University
  • Marti Tomlin, University of Richmond
  • Tina Villard, Rice University
  • Erin Wells, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Todd Hammonds, University of California-Santa Cruz
  • Bob Holub, CENTERS, LLC At Marshall University
  • Kyle LeDuc, Florida Atlantic University
  • Blair Schuyler, University of Kansas
  • Brittany Rejda, NIRSA Headquarters

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

Sponsorship Opportunities

Would you like any assistance with sponsorship opportunities? 

Please contact NIRSA Director of Corporate Relations,
 Heidi Cleary or call 541-766-8211.