Sport | Standards Michigan




November 27, 2020

“Lady Astor playing golf at North Berwick” 2015 John Lavery



“The space of play and the space of thought are the two theaters of freedom.”

Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy



Today we scan best practice literature that informs 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 profile when you consider how many people are involved as spectators.

There are no fewer than 25 ANSI-accredited standards setting organizations with consensus products, or parts of consensus products, that set the standard of care for safety and sustainability concepts tracking in this space:

Acoustical Society of America

Air Conditioning Contractors of America

Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute

Air Movement and Control Association

Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions

American Architectural Manufacturers Association

American Concrete Institute

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

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 Owners and Managers Association

Building Performance Institute


Illumination Engineering Society

International Code Council

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers

National Fire Protection Association

National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment

Synthetic Turf Council

….And so on.

Facilities of this type are among the most visible physical assets of any school district, college or university.

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