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