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As the cost of construction for sports and health related facilities skyrockets, it becomes paramount for those who plan, design, construct, and use these facilities to have access to a comprehensive facilities guide. The 14th edition of Facility Planning and Design for Health, Physical Activity, Recreation, and Sport is a tool for all professionals involved in facility planning and construction use.

The 21st century is a time of increased interest in health, fitness, recreation, physical activity, and sport. A synopsis of the historical development of this text is important. In 1945, at the board of directors’ meeting of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD) in Washington, D.C., support was given to a proposal submitted by Caswell M. Miles, AAHPERD vice president for recreation, to prepare a grant to finance a national workshop on facilities. Subsequently, a request for $10,000 was submitted to and approved by Theodore P. Bank, president of the Athletic Institute, to finance the first workshop. The December 1946 workshop at Jackson’s Mill, West Virginia, resulted in the publication of the premiere edition of the Guide for Planning Facilities for Athletics, Recreation, Physical and Health Education.

The 1956 edition of the guide was a product of the second facilities workshop, held May 5-12, 1956, at the Kellogg Institute, and was held again January 15-24, 1965, at the Biddle Continuing Education Center, Indiana University in Bloomington. Two years later, April 29-May 8, 1967, another workshop was held at Indiana University. Among those invited were a number of outstanding college and technical personnel engaged in planning and administering programs of athletics, recreation, outdoor education, physical education, and health education. Other planning authorities and specialists receiving invitations included city planners, architects, landscape architects, engineers, and schoolhouse construction consultants.

The 1974 guide was reconstructed in such a way that it would serve as a more practical tool for school administrators, physical education heads, architects, planning consultants, and all others interested in planning new areas and facilities or checking the adequacy of those already in use.

The Athletic Institute and AAHPERD Council on Facilities, Equipment, and Supplies initiated the 1979 revision of the guide. A blue-ribbon steering committee was appointed by the Council. Edward Coates from Ohio State University and Richard B. Flynn from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, were appointed as co-editors and contributing authors.

Professionals well known for their expertise in facility planning, design, and construction were invited to assist in a complete re-write, which resulted in Planning Facilities for Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation.

The 1985 edition of Planning Facilities for Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation represented a continuing effort on the part of The Athletic Institute and AAHPERD to keep the text current and relevant. Richard B. Flynn was selected to be editor and contributing author. Many of the contributors to the previous edition updated their chapters, and some new material was added.

The American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance published the 1993 edition, entitled Facility Planning for Physical Education, Recreation, and Athletics, and Richard B. Flynn again was asked to serve as editor and contributing author. Again, many of the contributors to the previous edition updated their chapters, and some new material was added.

The AAHPERD Council on Facilities and Equipment selected Thomas H. Sawyer of Indiana State University to serve as chair of the editorial committee and editor-in-chief of the 1999 and 2002 editions of Facilities Planning for Physical Activity and Sport. Many new contributors were selected to complete a major revision of the text, which resulted in a great deal of new material and many fresh ideas and concepts. The editorial team for both the 1999 (9th) and 2002 (10th) editions was: Thomas H. Sawyer, Ed.D. (Indiana State University), Michael G. Hypes, DA (Indiana State University), Julia Ann Hypes, Ph.D. (Indiana State University), Richard L. LaRue, DPE (University of New England) and Todd Seidler, Ph.D. (University of New Mexico). There were 21 authors involved in writing 29 chapters in the 9th edition, and 21 authors involved in writing 37 chapters in the 10th edition.

In 2005 the 11th edition was published followed by the 12th edition in 2009 and the 13th edition in 2013 all with Dr. Sawyer again serving as editor-in-chief and the same editorial team, fulfilling the intent of the Council on Facilities and Equipment to update and revise the text on a regular basis. Regularly revising and updating a text of this magnitude is no easy task. At the completion of one edition, the planning for a new edition begins—therefore never-ending work for the editor, editorial board, and authors. We would like to commend these selfless individuals for their continued support and contributions to this project. With rapid changes in both technology and construction methods, the regular updating of this text is a necessity.  Unfortunately, under the new SHAPEAmerica organizational structure, the Council on Facilities and Equipment was disbanded.  However, this group of professionals remains dedicated to providing relevant and up-to-date content on sport and physical activity facilities.   This 14th edition has the same editor-in-chief and most of the same authors as well as two new chapters: (1) Facility maintenance and (2) Planning for facility security.

Having had the pleasure to work closely with Dr. Sawyer and the editorial board (10 years) and the Facilities and Equipment Council (23 years) and having been authors in four editions of the text, we would at this time give our sincere thanks and appreciation to all of those involved in this the 14th edition of this text—a job well done! We recommend this edition of Facility planning and design for health, physical activity, recreation and sport as the most comprehensive source guide for planning, designing, constructing, and managing facilities related to health, physical activity, and sport.

From its inception, this text has been a milestone resource for sport and physical activity facility designers, users, managers, and educators. Each edition builds on and adds to the field of knowledge in sport and physical activity facility design, planning, and construction. We give our highest endorsement to this 14th edition of the “bible” for facility designers and planners.

With gratitude,

Julia Ann Hypes, Ph.D.

Michael G. Hypes. D.A.

Morehead State University

Morehead, Kentucky