Today we review the literature informing the safety and sustainability agenda of sport enterprises in education communities. School districts have hundreds of playgrounds, gymnasiums and playgrounds. Athletic departments are very visible enterprises; particularly at large colleges and universities with varsity teams that have long been “farm clubs” for professional sport companies.
This facility class is far more complicated (technically) than classroom facilities; closer to research and healthcare delivery enterprises in risk aggregation when you consider how many people are involved as spectators.
There are no fewer than 25 ANSI-accredited standards-setting organizations with a catalog of titles in this domain. We expanded the detail to some of the titles to enlighten understanding the complexity of these spaces:
Acoustical Society of America
American Institute of Steel Construction
American Iron and Steel Institute
American Society of Civil Engineers
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc.
ASTM International (ANSI’s US TAG to ISO/TC 83)*
American Society of Safety Engineers
American Water Works Association
Association for Challenge Course Technology
Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials-International
Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association
Building Industry Consulting Service International
Building Performance Institute
Illumination Engineering Society
International Code Council
International Building Code
§ Section 302 Occupancy Classification and Use Designation
§ Section 303 Assembly Group A
§ Section 305 Educational Group E
International Energy Conservation Code
Class IV facilities consisting of elementary school and recreational facilities; and amateur league and high school facilities without provisions for spectators
§ 301 Climate Zones
§ C405 Electrical Power and Lighting Requirements
§ 405.3 Interior lighting power requirements
Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
National Center for Biotechnology Information
National Fire Protection Association
National Electrical Code
Article 518 Assembly Occupancies
Chapter 7 Special Conditions
Chapter 8 Communications Systems
National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment
Synthetic Turf Council
….And so on. We approach federal regulations during a separate colloquium.
Facilities of this type are among the most visible physical assets of any school district, college or university.
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*ASTM activity in this domain involves more product conformance and less facility integrated systems (our primary interest)