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Outstanding Facility-of-the-Year Awards: Double Feature

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In 2013, there were 21 tennis project winners in the Tennis Industry/American Sports Builders Association Facility-of-the-Year Awards program. Fourteen of those winning projects were multi-court outdoor facilities, about evenly split between private and public facilities. The other seven were excellent private residential courts.

Each year, based on entries submitted by an ASBA member who designed or built the facility or court, the association selects outstanding tennis facilities that meet the standard of excellence in design and construction determined by the judging committee. For 2013, the panel of judges deemed 21 courts or facilities to be worthy of special recognition, but two of those winners were chosen for “Outstanding” honors:

Etheridge Tennis Complex–Vande Poel-Heeringa Stadium Courts at Hope College in Holland, Mich.

Fairbanks Residence private court in Marshfield, Mass.

Award plaques to the two Outstanding winners and recognition for the Distinguished winners were presented at the ASBA Technical Meeting held in December in San Antonio, Texas. For more information, visit

Outdoor Tennis Facility-of-the-Year Award

Etheridge Tennis Complex–Vande Poel-Heeringa Stadium Courts at Hope College, Holland, Mich.

The new Etheridge Tennis Complex at Hope College is a premier facility designed not only to maximize the ability to hold collegiate matches, but also to accommodate USTA tournaments and the tennis-playing community overall. The complex is on a narrow, tight site, between an existing stadium and wetlands that required extreme care to protect. The 12 courts are arranged six on a side, with an elevated central spine for spectators that doubles as a shelter for players and for storage. A trench drain system runs between pairs of courts, and rainwater collects into both an underground chamber system on the north end and a detention pond on the south side. The facility also includes restroom/locker rooms, player seating and spectator viewing areas.

Nominated by: GMB Architecture + Engineering

Architect/Engineer: GMB Architecture + Engineering

Specialty Contractor: Global Sports & Tennis Design Group

Suppliers: Edwards/Roldri, Zurn Industries

Number of Courts: 12

Completed: June 2012

Residential Tennis Facility-of-the-Year Award

Fairbanks Residence, Marshfield, Mass.

The new tennis court at the Fairbanks residence also included drainage, retaining walls, lights and fencing. But first, the contractor had to figure out how to work in the tight site, which is surrounded by a right of way, property line, driveway and garage—and also had an 8-foot elevation change along with unsuitable subsoil. The contractor removed the bad subsoil, balanced the remaining native gravel, installed a retaining wall ranging from 1 foot to 8 feet above the perimeter grade, and installed and compacted more than 1,500 cubic yards of acceptable gravel base. The court is near the bottom of a long slope, so a French drain keeps water out. The ground surrounding the court was shaped with swales.

Nominated by: Boston Tennis Court Construction Co. Inc.

Specialty Contractor: Boston Tennis Court Construction Co. Inc.

Suppliers: J.A. Cissel, LSI Lighting

Surface: Nova Sports USA

Completed: June 2012

Distinguished Tennis Facility Honors

In addition to the Etheridge Tennis Complex–Vande Poel-Heeringa Stadium Courts at Hope College in Michigan and the Fairbanks residential court in Massachusetts, these 19 locations were chosen by the 2013 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 TI. (The nominating company is in parentheses.)

For details on the 2014 Outstanding Facility-of-the-Year Awards, contact the ASBA at 866-501-ASBA or, or visit



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