The DeBoer Award for Facility Design Excellence was created in 2010. Student groups in Western Illinois University's Recreation Park and Tourism Administration Department's Facility Management course develop comprehensive proposals for funding, building and operating a recreation facility of their choosing. The facility proposals are comprised of 10 components:
|1. Executive Summary||2. Research||3. Program Plan||4. Schematics/CAD Renderings|
|5. ADA Plan||6. LEED Certification Presentation||7. Operating Budget||8. Risk Management Plan|
|9. Human Resources Plan||10. Marketing Products|
The award is named after Ryan DeBoer, who presented a remarkable, creative and detailed facility proposal in the class. Each year, facility managers in the mid-west region review each group's project proposal websites and vote for the most comprehensive, well-presented and realistic proposal. Following are the student groups that have won the DeBoer Award for Facility Design Excellence:
Sea to Sky Adventure(SPRING 2015)
Curtis Stark, John Wiegert, Steve Nutt, Cheyenne Wilson, Greg Strobel, Sara Lockett, and Norris Andriuskevicius
Description: Sea To Sky Adventure is a massive indoor facility built inside of an airplane hanger in Milwaukee Wisconsin. It offers a place to practice outdoor activities like rock climbing, rappelling, mountain biking, and scuba diving. It also offers competitive activities like handball, competition swimming, and the increasingly popular bubble soccer. Sea To Sky Adventure is a one-of-a-kind facility that offers more to do than any place you've ever been.
The Ultimate Hotspot (SPRING 2014)
Hannah Cecil, Jessica Edgell, Rachel Sensabaugh, Caitlin Wagner & Dorian White
Description: The Ultimate Hotspot is an island getaway inside that is located in the center of Illinois in Champaign, IL. It has anything from indoors to outdoors. The focus of the facility is to provide something to do for all ages as well as all needs. We have a pool, ice rink, basketball court, field house and multipurpose rooms that offer a variety of events and programs all year round. We have a variety of food, you can eat anything from a burger to smoothie after you have a day in our facility. Our highlight events include the party packs along with our special programs that include Aqua-therapy, Dance the Night Away, Special Olympics, Wheelchair Basketball, and a Flof Disc Club. “Whatever you like to do our facility has it for you!”
Huntsville Community Center (SPRING 2013)
Rachel Feltman, Cassie Kopp, and Erin Sloan-Turner
Description: The Huntsville Community Center is located in the heart of Huntsville, Alabama. This unique facility is focused on providing enriching experiences and quality programming in a sustainable way that educates and invigorates every individual. We offer a full recreation facility with a pool, an indoor track, cardio and strength training equipment, fitness classes, child care, basketball and racquetball courts, a multipurpose room, an after school center, an outdoor multipurpose area, an outdoor recreation space, and a rooftop garden. We have an array of programming including youth sports programs, inclusive ADA programming, seasonal events, and traditional drop-in programming. Our highlight events include summer day camps, a Fall Banquet, a 5K race, and Concerts in the Park. We also offer high quality food that uses organic ingredients to promote overall sustainability and wellness. We hope you enjoy the premiere services that Huntsville Community Center offers and assist us in transforming lives through sustainable practices.
Willis Wild Life Ranch [WWL Ranch] (SPRING 2012)
Cami Pape, Michele Teslicka, Tim Freeman, and Yemiymah Yisra'el
Description: Willis Wild Life Ranch (WWL Ranch) is located on the island of the Lewis Creek Reservoir in Willis, Texas. We hope to give our patrons a chance to enjoy the wonderful experiences of The Outdoors. With our array of lodging, outdoor activities, and special events, as well as Evens Halls that can handle any party size, we can accommodate almost any indoor and outdoor experience. Our lodging includes Cabins in our wooded areas as well as cabins along our shore lines. We also provide a full to primitive service Campground with a Bonfire pit that can be used for any recreation activity. Our other outdoor activities include Hiking, Horseback Riding, Archery, and Fishing as well as many special programming options, such as Mother-Daughter Weekend, Seniors Day, and our 4th of July Celebrations. On your way out, pick up a hand-made souvenir from our Souvenir Shop, have a meal at our Western Style Buffet, or even schedule your next special occasion with us. Whatever you are looking for, we can provide you that and more at WWL Ranch. All are welcome to come and stay a while at “Your Second Home.”
Lani Resort and Convention Center (SPRING 2011)
Daniel Jones, Laura Meizis, Kayla Mousser, Erik Rivera, Amy West
Description: Lani Resort and Convention Center is located along the gorgeous white sands of beautiful Siesta Key, Florida. Our hotel includes an indoor/outdoor pool, fitness center, spa, our very own Palm Tree Restaurant, and seven floors of guest rooms to accommodate all of our patrons. Our convention center consists of two ballrooms and three conference rooms. Lani also offers a variety of indoor and outdoor programs throughout the year. These programs are available to all of our guests as well as to the local community. Everyone is welcome to come and experience "A Heavenly Escape."
The Suite Adventure Resort (SPRING 2011)
Alexa Gallagher, Tiffanie Workman, Katy Doolan, Monica Gummow, Amy Dohner, Sarah Mylcraine
Description: Suite Adventure Resort is a luxury adventure resort located on the edge of the Rocky Mountains in Boulder, Colorado. It features an indoor rock wall, high ropes course and teams course, indoor scuba tank, pool, and indoor ski dome. We cater to travelers all over the United States and provide special incentives for the nearby community. We provide the luxury resort experience with a twist for the adventurous spirit!
Bedrock Outdoor Music Venue: Real Music for Real People (SPRING 2010)
Bryan Adams, Jaclynn Cape, Anneloes Kodde, Nicole Lumley, Matt Spath and Shannon Whitmer
Description: Bedrock is an outdoor music venue just outside of Phoenix, Arizona which hosts concerts, open mic nights, kiddy concerts, talent shows, big band concerts, karaoke, and little bands.
Sakura Resort : Far Away from Everyday (FALL 2010)
Marissa Essex, Kendall Fitzgerald, Lauren Lapp, Jennifer Longshore, Meghna Makwana, Kaitlin Wright
Description: Sakura Resort is a private resort located in Hawaii on the big island. Sakura will cater to a large variety of individuals, pleasing customers seeking different experiences. We offer rooms for families, seniors, honeymooners, and anyone who is searching for a getaway while at the same time getting the opportunity to partake in many of the programs that the resort offers.