Distinguished Facility-of-the-Year Awards: Head of the Class
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Of the 20 winning projects in the 2010 RSI/American Sports Builders Association Facility-of-the-Year Awards program, 13 of them are tennis facilities at public parks or schools, possibly indicating a continued willingness on the part of municipalities and public institutions to spend on facilities that contribute to the health and well-being of the community.
Each year, based on entries submitted by an ASBA member — whether a contractor, designer or supplier — the association selects outstanding tennis facilities that meet the standard of excellence determined by the judging committee. For 2010, the panel of judges deemed 20 courts or facilities to be worthy of special recognition, but three of those winners were chosen for “Outstanding” honors:
- The Woodside Racquet Club in Westwood, Kan., received the ASBA’s Outstanding Outdoor Tennis Facility-of-the-Year Award. The Woodside R.C. is an upgraded four-court facility that has a stadium court with seating, and three courts in an upper area, complete with distinctive shade shelters to keep players comfortable. The upper site was difficult to access — requiring a crane to move equipment and two large stone ramps, which were removed as the project stages were completed. The final result, however, proved to be outstanding.
- The Justman Residence of Calabasas, Calif., is the 2010 Outstanding Residential Tennis Facility of the Year, and it truly shows off quality workmanship and attention to detail. The cushioned hard court, which also accommodates basketball, has elevated viewing from three sides, while the extended balcony off the master bedroom affords a full view of the court. Complete with waterfalls, koi pond, full outdoor kitchen, entertainment areas, and scenic views, the result is a true “outdoor living room.”
- Sportime Randalls Island on Randalls Island, N.Y., won the ASBA’s Outstanding Indoor Tennis Facility-of-the-Year Award for 2010. A New York City Parks licensee project, Sportime Randalls Island is the largest indoor facility in the world. There are five permanent indoor courts in a pre-engineered clear-span structure, while the other 15 courts are in three air-supported structures, which come down in the summer for outdoor tennis. Support facilities include offices, lounge areas, viewing areas, fitness center, tutoring center and banquet spaces.
For details on the 2011 Outstanding Facility-of-the-Year Awards, contact the ASBA at 866-501-ASBA or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit sportsbuilders.org.
Residential Tennis Facility-of-the-Year Award
Justman Residence, Calabasas, Calif.
Specialty Contractor: Zaino Tennis Courts Inc.
Suppliers: Plexipave System, Div. of California Products Corp.; Edwards/Rol-Dri Div. of Athletic Connection
Completed: August 2009
Indoor Tennis Facility-of-the-Year Award
Sportime Randalls Island, Randalls Island, N.Y.
Contractor: ICA Sports
Suppliers: Douglas Sports Nets & Equipment; ICA Sports
Number of Courts: 20
Completed: July 2009
Outdoor Tennis Facility-of-the-Year Award
Woodside Racquet Club, Westwood, Kan.
Contractor: McConnell & Associates Corp.
Suppliers: California Products; Douglas Sports Nets & Equipment; Aer-Flo Inc.
Number of Courts: 4
Completed: June 1, 2010
Distinguished Facility Honors
In addition to the Justman Residence private court, Woodside Racquet Club and Sportime Randalls Island, these 17 locations were chosen by the 2010 panel of judges for the ASBA as excellent examples of court construction, receiving Distinguished Facility-of-the-Year Awards. You’ll read more about them in upcoming issues of RSI. (The nominating company is in parentheses.)
- Back Residence, Brookville, Ind. (Leslie Coatings Inc.)
- Bishop Gorman High School, Las Vegas, Nev. (Renner Sports Surfaces)
- Brewster Municipal Tennis Court Complex, Brewster, Mass. (Gale Associates Inc.)
- Catholic Central High School, Novi, Mich. (Grissim Metz Andriese Associates Inc.)
- Cindy Hummel Tennis Center, Auburndale, Fla. (Welch Tennis Courts Inc.)
- Club Med Sandpiper Bay, Port St. Lucie, Fla. (Welch Tennis Courts Inc.)
- Deane Residence, Cohasset, Mass. (Boston Tennis Court Construction Co. Inc.)
- Garnet Valley High School, Glen Mills, Pa. (ELA Sport)
- Holland Christian School, Holland, Mich. (URS Corp.)
- Lynn University, Boca Raton, Fla.(Fast-Dry Courts Inc.)
- NewBridge on the Charles, Cottage Community Tennis Facility, Dedham, Mass. (Stantec Sport)
- Parker Park Tennis Center, Moultrie, Ga. (Talbot Tennis)
- Pensacola-Roger Scott Tennis Center, Pensacola, Fla. (Fast-Dry Courts Inc.)
- Ritz Carlton Tennis Facility, Amelia Island, Fla. (Welch Tennis Courts Inc.)
- Seaview Park Tennis Facility, Palm Beach, Fla. (Welch Tennis Courts Inc.)
- Silverton High School, Silverton, Ore. (Atlas Track and Tennis)
- Valencia Lakes Tennis & Recreation Facility, Sun City, Fla. (Fast-Dry Courts Inc.)
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