Sport | Standards Michigan




April 16, 2021

Monkton Combe School Somerset


“The space of play and the space of thought

are the two theaters of freedom.”

Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy


Today we review best practice 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.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

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

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.

Standard 90.1-2019, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings

Annex G

Standard 189.1-2020, Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings

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 Owners and Managers Association

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

ICC 300-2017: Standard for Bleachers, Folding and Telescopic Seating, and Grandstands

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers

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

NSF International

Recreational Water / Pools / Spas

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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Standing Agenda / Sport

*ASTM activity in this domain involves more product conformance and less facility integrated systems (our primary interest)

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