Category Archives: January 2011

Swimming In Sustainability

LEED certification for natatoriums is the same as for buildings, but the strategy to obtain it is a little different. Start by deciding the goals for the property, and then match those goals with the rating system for LEED-certification requirements. “LEED certification is the validation of what you’ve done to develop a more environmentally friendly building,” says Chad Edwards, president of Cincinnati Regional Chapter of the USGBC and principal with Emersion Design, an architectural design and engineering firm specializing in … Continue reading

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Innovative Problem-Solving

Achieving LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for a natatorium requires a dedicated team that thinks creatively and seizes every opportunity. The East Portland Community Center aquatics addition in Oregon is a model for this certification. The new construction added a 22,000-square-foot natatorium to an existing community center to create a full-service complex. However, the project didn’t begin with the goal to achieve any level of LEED certification. In 2004 the city hired SERA Architects, a … Continue reading

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Senior Focus

As park and recreation professionals, we know it’s easy to plan programs for children and families–just organize some wild games, teach a new class, or lead an activity involving fun and food. However, planning for seniors takes more thought and effort. While many seniors today are no longer content to sit in rocking chairs knitting stockings, some seniors do need a “scaled down” version of activities from their younger years. So, take some of these programming ideas from the following … Continue reading

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A Plea To Parents

When I have my sentimental moments, few emotions remain as real as do significant separations. I can recall vivid details of the last day of grade school, the last day of high school, the last day of college. I remember exactly where I was standing and what I was wearing the moment my dad closed his eyes for the last time. As the drummer in many orchestras and bands, and as a participant in many plays and theater events, I … Continue reading

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Changing Public Policy

Editor’s Note: This column, “LBWA” (Leadership By Wandering Around), is based on the premise that, in order to find out what’s going on in the field, a parks and rec leader has to leave his or her desk and “wander around” the area of operations, talk to people, ask questions, and kick around ideas with the individuals in the thick of delivering services to the public. So the author will bring up issues and ask the leaders among the readership … Continue reading

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