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Outstanding Facility-of-the-Year Awards: Three’s Company

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By Peter Francesconi

In 2015, there were 12 tennis project winners in the Tennis Industry/American Sports Builders Association Facility-of-the-Year Awards program. Seven of those winning projects were multi-court outdoor facilities, three of which were public facilities or schools. Four projects were residential courts, and one was an indoor facility.

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 2015, the panel of judges deemed 12 courts or facilities to be worthy of special recognition, but three of those winners were chosen for “Outstanding” honors:

Award plaques to the three Outstanding winners and recognition for the Distinguished winners were presented at the ASBA Technical Meeting held in December in Scottsdale, Ariz. For more information, visit

Outstanding Outdoor Tennis Facility-of-the-Year Award

Bell Recreation Center

Sun City, Ariz.

The 10 new post-tensioned concrete tennis courts, in three batteries, at the Bell Recreation Center replace nine courts that were demolished and hauled from the site. Among the challenges were numerous buried, hidden and unknown obstacles that were discovered during demolition of the more than 30-year-old site, including old, abandoned light footings that had been covered with concrete. The site was substantially lower than the surrounding facilities and was surrounded by tall block walls, but there was no original drainage around the walls, so a footing drain system was designed and retrofitted into the site. The project also involved designing new drainage for the courts, including a slot drain in each battery, catch basins in the landscape areas between batteries, and a small retention area — all tying into the new storm-water infrastructure below the courts.

Nominated by: Sunland Sports

General Contractor: Sunland Sports

Suppliers: California Sports Surfaces, SportsEdge

Number of Courts: 10

Completed: April 2015

Outstanding Residential Tennis Facility-of-the-Year Award

James Goldstein Residence

Los Angeles, Calif.

The original design for the tennis court was created by famed architect John Lautner decades ago. The court is situated on a south-facing slope, with a lush, terraced garden on the northern uphill side. The western end is enclosed by a concrete wall extending up from the office below the court, and serving as a rebound wall. (The eastern end will eventually be enclosed by a concrete structure of the reception/home theater building.) To the south, in order to maximize the view, is a glass guardrail, resulting in an “infinity” court with no visual barriers. The tennis court is a double post-tensioned slab with waterproofing in between that allows it to serve as a roof for the office structure below.

Nominated by: Zaino Tennis Courts Inc.

Specialty Contractor: Zaino Tennis Courts Inc.

Suppliers: California Sports Surfaces, Edwards/Roldri Div. of Athletic Connection

Completed: June 2013

Outstanding Indoor Tennis Facility-of-the-Year Award

Tuscaloosa Tennis Center — Tuscaloosa, Ala.

This new, three-court indoor tennis facility in Tuscaloosa was designed with expansion in mind. Initial construction included the indoor hard courts and six outdoor fast-dry courts, but the building and pro shop were placed in such a manner that will allow three more indoor courts and several more outdoor courts to be built in the future. The completed facility will complement the nearby University of Alabama complex and provide facilities capable of holding large NCAA and USTA events. The exterior of the building is attractively landscaped and connected to the adjacent parking lot with a wide sidewalk. Inside, the walls and ceiling are well insulated and covered with a smooth layer of vinyl, providing a uniform reflective surface and a very attractive appearance.

Nominated by: Lower Bros. Co. Inc

Specialty Contractor: Lower Bros. Co. Inc

Suppliers: California Sports Surfaces, LSI Courtsider Sports Lighting, Putterman Athletics

Number of Courts: 3

Completed: February 2015

Distinguished Tennis Facility Honors

In addition to the Bell Recreation Center in Sun City, Ariz., the James Goldstein Residence in Los Angeles, and the Tuscaloosa Tennis Center in Alabama, these nine locations were chosen by the 2015 panel of judges for the ASBA as excellent examples of court construction, receiving Distinguished Facility-of-the-Year Awards. This year, the ASBA also awarded Silver and Bronze awards in various categories. You’ll read more about these winners in upcoming issues of TI. (The nominating company is in parentheses.)

For details on the 2016 Outstanding Facility-of-the-Year Awards, contact the ASBA at 866-501-ASBA or, or visit

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About the Author

Peter Francesconi is editorial director of Tennis Industry magazine.



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