NIRSA Recreation Facilities Institute, presented by Mondo
October 21-23, 2014 | Houston, Texas
Collegiate recreation programs are a tremendous growth industry nationwide and provide a great marketable asset to colleges and universities. And, even in the face of a slow economy, that booming recreational facilities construction trend has not faltered.
The 2010-2015 NIRSA Facilities Construction and Renovation Survey shows nearly 160 projects underway, representing more than $1.7 billion in capital projects. Fifty-five percent of these projects are new construction, while the remaining balance represent renovation projects to existing facilities. Two-thirds of reported projects expect to be completed before 2015.
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, with additional tours available as part of a preconference program. 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. Additionally in 2014, presenters and attendees will explore a concept of "Built Communities."
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 so helps facilities operate with diminishing resources.
- Bill Crockett, Committee Chair, University of Maryland-Baltimore, The Founding Campus
- Silvia Chan, University of Connecticut
- Jeff Haug, The University of Georgia
- Gregory Haverlock, University of South Florida St. Petersburg
- Katy Locke, The University of Tennessee
- Tina Villard, Rice University