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Facility startup paper from Yvonne Chern in Boston

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Starting a Badminton Facility
Possible Places
Old Church – Guts n Feathers has 2 courts with very high ceiling.
Warehouse or Industrial buildings – used in all Bay Area Clubs.
Existing Sports Facility – East Coast Badminton Club
Building from scratch
Size of Facility
Rule of thumb:  1 court for every 50 regular (2-3 times a week) players.
Size of Court:  20’ x 44’
Regulation:   Height   PanAm  - 27’; BWF – 30’
                     Surrounding  clear space  PanAm  - 3 ½ ‘, BWF – 6 ½’
Suggested minimum for recreational facility:  Height- 22’
                     Between courts – 2 ½’,  Behind courts- 3 ½’
                     Dimension:  25’ x 51’
  Thus facility with courts side by side should have min 51 ft. width.
Flooring
Considerations:
 Excessive subfloor moisture and condensation on floor due to temperature differences-  vapor/moisture barriers such as polyethylene sheets, subfloor sytems such as Dri-core.
Traction
Reduction of Impact, shock absorption: use of pads (mostly patented) like the Neo-shok pad, Dura-cushion pads, Bio-sport pad, EPDM bio-pad,  Zero/G shockpad and the ShockTower;  use of various types of rubber flooring
Lighting
Sport England provides design guidance notes for badminton facilities including lighting requirements.
http://www.sportengland.org/facilities__planning/design_guidance_notes.aspx?sortBy=alpha&pageNum=1
            Metal halide or fluorescent (recommend T-5 highbay fixtures;  some like Ultralux are more efficient and lasts longer-4 years).
 
Heating and Air-conditioning
            Good Insulation is essential.
            Constraint: Minimize draft so that bird flight is not affected.
            Heating: use of gas fired infrared heater ($1700 installed for 125 mbh unit, excluding gas line)
            Air-conditioning/dehumidification:  Maugus Club (4100 sq ft, 3 courts) has 2 five ton HVAC.  We found that 5 tons was adequate to make playing pleasant during summer.  Use bigger spiral ducts to reduce flow rate (cu ft per min, cfm).  Alternatively, use DuctSox  which is a pourous fabric.
Restrooms
MA code: one for 30 women, one for 60 men. 
While a typical club would only need one female and one male restroom, more restrooms are needed for tournaments or events.
Sprinkler
            About $30,000 for 15,000 sq ft.
Management
Less than  5 courts:  Difficult to pay for employee hours to manage walk-in.  Thus only memberships , with 24/7 availability of courts, specific courts schedules and reservation system.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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