2018 NIRSA Recreation Facilities Institute2018-07-12T11:37:59+00:00

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

Coming in Spring 2018.

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.


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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:

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Facility Tours

More information coming soon.

Preconference Day
December 4, 2018

  • Florida International University
  • Marlin’s Park

Tour Day 1
December 5, 2018

  • Florida Atlantic University
    • Rec Center
  • Florida Atlantic University
    • 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 Erford, 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.

Interested in sponsorship opportunities? Email Heidi Cleary to discuss options, or call 541-766-8211.
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For more information, contact NIRSA Assistant Director of Professional Development, Brittany Rejda.

Interested in sponsorship opportunities? Email NIRSA Director of Sales and Corporate Relations, Heidi Cleary to discuss options, or call 541-368-5851.