College of Brockport Wins Prestigious Award for Sports Facility Excellence
The College at Brockport, State University of New York, recently won an Outstanding Sports Facilities award from the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA). The award, presented annually to NIRSA member institutions for excellence in a number of categories, recognizes the College at Brockport's Special Events Recreation Center (SERC) for its state-of-the-art features.
A 138,000-square foot, three-story building, the SERC houses the college's campus recreation and track and field programs. It features a 10,000-square foot fitness center (with memberships available for individuals not affiliated with the college), a 200-meter running track with wide lanes, dedicated shot put and discus areas, four basketball courts, tennis courts, and an annex with meeting space and multipurpose rooms. It also contains a cafe, with full-service catering, and a retail space.
NIRSA gave the Outstanding Sports Facilities award to the College at Brockport, according to the college's News Bureau, because of its excellence in three primary areas: architectural design, functionality, and success at meeting its intended purpose.
"It always pleases us," says Hugh McEvoy, Director of Sales and Operations, of the sports facility management software company EZFacility, in Bethpage, N.Y., "to see an outstanding sports center recognized for its quality. Last year one of our clients, Adelphi University, won the same award. We were incredibly proud. Facilities like these set the standard for sports facilities everywhere, not just at colleges and universities. They're well-organized, well-run, with lots of space and resources. Plus they're architecturally impressive, and even sustainable and cost-efficient. They deserve awards."
To enter the competition for the award, the College at Brockport underwent a rigorous application process, which included a breakdown of all features of the facility, a discussion of architectural and construction details, and the creation of a webpage that demonstrates the centers features. The college will receive a plaque recognizing its achievement, and King + King Architects and Moody Nolan, the architectural team that designed the SERC, will receive certificates. Also, the facility will be highlighted on NIRSA's website.
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