Winning solution for team lockers and equipment storage
Wenger Corporation. Winning athletic programs understand the importance of preparation because behind-the-scenes efforts like practicing often determine victory or defeat. In a similar way, successful athletic facilities pay attention to auxiliary spaces like locker rooms and equipment storage areas because they can influence whether a facility — and a program — fulfills its potential.
Old Dominion University (ODU) in Norfolk, Va., turned to Wenger Corporation and its GearBoss family of athletic products to find solutions that would protect ODU's significant equipment investment, help maximize coach and staff time, minimize liabilities and promote a message of program pride.
"Our new locker room is very nice — it's gorgeous! Our lockers are extremely functional for a player's equipment, from shoes to sticks to extra clothes and valuables," says field hockey coach Beth Anders. "We now have a very classy-looking locker room."
The customized equipment storage solution includes a combination of high-density storage carts, work surfaces and shelving with lockboxes. The carts roll easily from side to side along a fixed track in the floor, creating a movable aisle that minimizes wasted space in a busy equipment room that serves multiple ODU sports. Carts are easy to configure for a variety of equipment, including helmets, shoulder pads, jerseys, balls, bats and other equipment.
The cantilever design of the work surfaces and shelving optimizes overhead space and opens up floor space, while also enabling easy reconfiguration when needs or seasons change.
Select the April 2010 issue RSN number 162 on AS&U's Product Information site for more information.
Furniture empowers faculty, students and visitors to collaborate, learn and socialize
KI. In more than 100 years, St. Norbert College never had a dedicated library building. Library space was situated within existing buildings with the latest housed in a remodeled residence hall. To stay competitive, the college determined that students would benefit from a state-of-the-art library.
The new Miriam B. and James J. Mulva Library provides an environment that is intellectually, spiritually and personally challenging. Using KI furniture, the design exemplifies new paradigms in libraries as learning spaces. It is interactive and collaborative, promoting group gathering and knowledge sharing. Each space within the library encourages creative thinking.
Original plans for the library included very traditional furniture, but after attending a workshop, library director Felice Maciejewski learned the importance of flexible furniture for today's students.
"New goals included plenty of flexible furniture and collaboration spaces for students," says Maciejewski. "The building was already complete, so we tweaked the spaces and furniture to create collaborative opportunities."
Instead of selecting "library" furniture to fit the function of the space, the planning committee selected furniture to fit the needs of the students and a new way of learning and thinking. The result is a library that features a variety of gathering places for library patrons, more computer spaces and 50 percent more materials storage. It offers a full range of 21st-century technological capabilities, from wireless Internet access to meeting rooms equipped for multimedia.
Select the April 2010 issue RSN number 163 on AS&U's Product Information site for more information.
A two-step approach helps university manage its library rooms
PeopleCube. Bentley University, Waltham, Massachusetts, is one of the leading business schools in the United States. A $17 million dollar library renovation created a "hub" of academic life that reflected the university's stature in technology, research and campus life.
Prior to the renovation, there were a limited number of study rooms, and managing them often was problematic. The library used a paper-based "reservation system," which was managed by library staff at the circulation desk. And, because of high demand, students were found "squatting" in these rooms, preventing other groups from utilizing them fairly.
Bentley took a two-step approach to scheduling and managing its library group study rooms. First, it implemented Steelcase's RoomWizard display technology, which enables users to book a room from any campus computer or by using the interactive display outside of each room. Next, Bentley turned to PeopleCube's Resource Scheduler, a Web-based application that enables users to search for and reserve shared workspace and other rooms and resources. It also integrates with the RoomWizard to provide extensive, configurable study room management and scheduling.
Students now are able to access the reservation system using their campus login ID-either from inside or outside the firewall. They can view the free/busy time of any group study room and make a reservation at any time from just about anywhere.
Select the April 2010 issue RSN number 164 on AS&U's Product Information site for more information.
Sports field topdresser
Turfco. The new CR-7 topdresser and material handler is designed to handle the mid-range level of topdressing and renovation. It can be used for sports complexes with multiple fields and for completing renovation work. The CR-7 utilizes WideSpin technology, which gives operators the most accurate spread from light to heavy and up to 35 feet wide. An adjustable spinner angle enables the user to drive topdressing into the turf for better integration with a total range of 17 degrees up and down.
Select the April 2010 issue RSN number 150 on AS&U's Product Information site for more information.
Schlage. Schlage and Heartland Campus Solutions have partnered to offer next-generation contactless applications for the campus OneCard market. The offering provides education institutions with a more open and secure contactless solution than other campus card products. The system offers an array of campus applications?from access control and cafeteria point-of-sale (POS) services to library, parking, event handling and more?with added security and the convenience of contactless smart credential technologies.
Select the April 2010 issue RSN number 151 on AS&U's Product Information site for more information.
Flexco. Spray-Grip spray adhesive is a self-contained commercial-grade spray-adhesive system for use with rubber tile and rubber sheet products that bonds with great speed while maintaining a long open time. The adhesive reduces installation time and enables immediate use of the floor after installation. Spray-Grip is 50 percent faster than troweling and can be heat-welded on the same day. It is water-based, has no VOCs, has little to no odor, uses 80 percent less adhesive on jobs, and enables immediate foot traffic after rolling.
Select the April 2010 issue RSN number 152 on AS&U's Product Information site for more information.
The Garland Company, Inc. Green-Lock Membrane Adhesive, a high-performance asphalt-modified polyether adhesive that is used to construct cold-process roofing systems, has been approved for use as a flood coat in cold-applied modified bitumen roofing applications, enabling 100 percent VOC-free installation from the deck to the top coat. Independent testing has verified the membrane adhesive's ability to meet Class A ASTM E108 fire test at a 3:12 slope.
Select the April 2010 issue RSN number 153 on AS&U's Product Information site for more information.
"Green" white paper
Advance. Learn how to clean "green" and "clean" with the free white paper, "How clean is your green cleaning?" The paper explains the EcoFlex System, which offers flexibility for both.
Select the April 2010 issue RSN number 154 on AS&U's Product Information site for more information.
Portable floor system
Action Floor Systems. The NitroPanel Portable Floor System is a high-quality, durable sports surface that delivers excellent performance characteristics, and features a surface deck of MFMA grade-marked Action LL (long length) northern hard maple. Expansion Ridge Technology (ERT) accommodates expansion incrementally, board to board, offering strength and uniformity. The subfloor system features stringers of premium laminated veneer lumber (LVL) — stronger and straighter, and without twists or bows common to SPF (softwood lumber).
Select the April 2010 issue RSN number 155 on AS&U's Product Information site for more information.
Bradley. The Individual Coverall Wall Shower has a streamlined, preassembled design that reduces installation time with no extra work required to mount the unit onto the wall as is typical of other showers. The valve bodies and components of the shower are accessible from the front or by simply unscrewing the unit from the wall. Perfect for tight spaces, the shower accommodates both exposed and concealed piping so there is no need to cut into the shower room tile during renovations. A water-conserving 2.0 gallons per minute (or optional 1.5 gpm) flow control makes the shower a green solution.
Select the April 2010 issue RSN number 156 on AS&U's Product Information site for more information.
Sharp Electronics Corporation. A new suite of Professional LCD Monitors offers a thin bezel design for flexible mounting and placement options, combined with superior image quality and reliable 24/7 use. Available in four screen sizes — from 42 to 60 inches — the new PN-E series offers an optional expansion board that expands the available input and output terminals, and an optional Signage Controller for a digital signage package.
Select the April 2010 issue RSN number 157 on AS&U's Product Information site for more information.
CPI Daylighting. Clearspan Translucent Canopy and Walkway Systems provide shelter from the elements, while still allowing diffused glare-free daylight to pass through and illuminate covered areas. The systems are pre-engineered, with single source construction from the ground up and can be customized to meet any specifications. Standard Clearspan canopy widths range from 8 to 20 feet, with column heights up to 12 feet and a maximum of 14 feet between columns. Clearspan is available as a hurricane-resistant system with the ability to tolerate extreme wind loads.
Select the April 2010 issue RSN number 158 on AS&U's Product Information site for more information.
Kitchen ventilation options
Greenheck. A new brochure details controls and energy-management options for kitchen ventilation systems. Two variable-volume systems track the cooking load, and vary the exhaust and supply ventilation rate based on need, thereby reducing power and tempering costs. Both systems feature temperature interlock that automatically activates the exhaust fan if not manually started, whenever cooking operations occur.
Select the April 2010 issue RSN number 159 on AS&U's Product Information site for more information.
ProTeam. The new Super HalfVac HEPA features innovative Five Level Filtration, which provides all the benefits of Four Level Filtration, plus an additional HEPA filter system behind the motor to capture carbon dust and other microscopic indoor- air pollutants. Its ergonomic design — which is less than 10 pounds — includes a versatile harness system that enables the user to choose the most comfortable, efficient fit for any given cleaning challenge.
Select the April 2010 issue RSN number 160 on AS&U's Product Information site for more information.
Lighting control guidebook
WattStopper. The 2010/2011 Product Selection Guide is a comprehensive lighting control guidebook containing information on lighting- control strategies, product technologies, energy-code compliance, sustainability and design assistance. It is easy to use, with color-coded sections dedicated to each product category.
Select the April 2010 issue RSN number 161 on AS&U's Product Information site for more information.