Is your town, school or neighborhood constructing a sports building?
Constructing the facility can be a daunting task, but done right, you can find the correct support and make the right decisions to meet the challenge.
These are some of the main aspects you need to consider.
The first step in sports hall construction is a preliminary consultation to evaluate the technical, architectural and budgetary constraints.
The construction service will provide a team of experts who will design the building to offer functional solutions within the budget.
Additionally, they may provide a construction economist who will help keep budget control throughout the construction.
A cost-efficient plan will also consider the financial burdens involved in the maintenance of sports buildings and ensure they too will be economically efficient.
Any construction should consider the effect on the environment, both during construction and in the long-term, once the sports building is open to the public.
You should strive to create a structure with a low environmental impact that includes a life-cycle assessment on the construction.
In order to do this, architects and engineers should consider how best to maintain a reasoned use of energy and moderate temperature in the gymnasium.
Building a temperate gym helps not only protect the planet, but also control the budget.
- Recurring costs post-construction
Perhaps one of the most expensive aspects of maintaining a sports hall is recurring expenses, particularly regarding energy.
An inefficiently constructed sports hall will use a lot of energy to maintain a proper temperature for use, and this will consume a big portion of monthly costs.
On the other hand, a temperate gymnasium can be up to 50% more economical than one that requires constant heating.
A fabric roof can be an excellent option to reduce costs, as this technology provides effective thermal quality due to the translucent fabric allowing in natural light, while reflecting heat.
- How to best serve users
Usually, a modern sport structure is divided into main areas. The principal area is where training is done and competitions are held. It includes courts, halls and fields.
The auxiliary areas will include vital services for users and upkeep, such as restrooms, dressing rooms, equipment rooms, showers, and rooms for officials and employees.
Spectator areas are not always present in sports buildings but if they will host competitions, they usually include stands and seats, refreshment counters, lobbies and restrooms for guests.
Maintenance systems must also be considered, including those for heat, water and electric power supplies.
Additionally, sports structures and facilities can either be outdoor or indoor.
- Selecting sport and activity services
Modern sports structures can serve over 50 types of sports, but they are built with specific activities in mind.
The construction must consider the goals of the structure to host different types of sports and design the complex based on these priorities.
Buildings can be designed for either one or numerous types of sports, such as auditoriums for gymnastics and indoor basketball.
Fields and courts can be set-up for track and field, football, tennis courts, and even outdoor swimming pools.
Cold areas with winter snow can facilitate sports such as sledding runs, ski trails and jumps, and more.
On the other hand, indoor arenas could be a great option for areas with difficult weather, as they can host various sports on days that activities cannot be enjoyed outdoor.