An addition of any sort to your school is an exciting one, but few add-ons beat the thrill of a new gym space. Get ready to host awesome assemblies, heart-stopping games, and health-boosting phy-ed classes that help all students be at their best.
While the end results of building a gym are no doubt exciting, getting there takes quite a bit of forethought during the construction process. Here, our team at SportsGraphics will discuss important things to consider when building a new gym. Our methods are proven, and we know we can help you get the look and atmosphere you want in your facility.
CREATE YOUR BLUEPRINTS, THEN IMAGINE THE DESIGN
After the architects you have hired complete the full designs for your new structure, you can then begin to envision the inside design of your new space. To create an unbeatable atmosphere within your athletic facilities, you need to consider broadcasting your program’s achievements on a large scale—and also showing off your impeccable school branding taste.
At SportsGraphics, our experts can help you choose what additions may be best for your facility. Our team offers a variety of safety products, like wall pads, and we custom print your logos, text, and graphics on them, so they don’t fade or peel away. This enhances the appearance of your facilities and helps establish pride and home field advantage. Here are some of the other products we offer:
● Custom Banners
● Wall Graphics
● Window Graphics
● Step Graphics
● Bleacher Safety Curtains
Each of these products varies in cost, and it is important to factor the products of your choosing into your budget for your new building.
PLAN FOR THE FUTURE
No matter what level of athletics you are in charge of, it’s crucial to design and construct your new building with thoughts of a potential expansion in mind for the future.
In high revenue environments, such as college and professional sports, a time may come when your new coach may want new facilities and designs for current facilities. If that is the case, you may want to consider designing a new gym that has room around it for potential expansions and renovations.
Planning for the future of your facility before construction even begins can save you money in the long run and can allow the process to go much more smoothly.
RESEARCH TO FIND THE BEST TEAM FOR YOUR PROJECT
The most important aspect of building any new gym or facility is finding a reputable team to take care of your needs. It is important to research ahead of time, as well as speak with others who have done business with them, and then to speak with the company itself. You need to ensure the company you hire is comprehensive in expertise, both for the sake of your stress and for the sake of the project’s results themselves.
To learn more about why an all-around provider of equipment is important, check out our school branding blog on the subject.
CONSULT YOUR SCHOOL BRAND
In today’s competitive day and age, that every space in your school represents your brand is more important to its success than ever—and your new gym is no exception. Branding serves a variety of purposes for schools, from fostering student pride to making everyday classes more exciting; in short, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations, “effective branding improves recognition within a school district’s extended community, creates a sense of trust, establishes consistency, and streamlines potential advertising and sponsorship efforts.”
So how do you tell if your new gym adheres to your personal execution of school branding? If you don’t have a consistent brand in the first place, this is all but impossible—but if you already have one, consulting your style guide is a great place to start. As we cover in our blog about rebranding a school, a style guide serves as your directory for all the nitty-gritty stuff that makes up a brand: fonts, logos, colors, and more. Adhere your new gym to this and you’re well on your way to success.
CONSIDER YOUR ATHLETES’ SAFETY
Gym wall padding is more than just a branding opportunity. It’s one of the few layers of protection that stand between your athletes and the nasty consequences of concussive injury which we cover in our blog. While budget permitting you can rarely, if ever, have too much wall padding, you’ll need to pay special attention to the sports that you know will frequently be played in your gym space in order to satisfy your safety needs. For instance, volleyball courts will need to prioritize different padding from, say, a general physical education space.
When in doubt, more tends to be better, but your provider of wall mats should help you make smart decisions.
CONTACT SPORTSGRAPHICS TODAY FOR TOP-NOTCH SCHOOL BRANDING AND MORE
If you are looking for state-of-the-art protective equipment and the ability to custom print your school’s colors, fonts, championships, mascots, and more on that equipment, contact SportsGraphics today. Each of our products is hand made in our Clarion, Iowa headquarters to ensure it is of the highest quality. Our experts will help you design and install your products and will offer you fair and competitive pricing.
To learn more about our products and services or to request a quote, give us a call at 800-257-6405 or message us on our contact page today.