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Cranbrook Schools’ New Tennis Complex Wins National Award

GMB-Designed Complex Awarded Top Outdoor Tennis Facility by American Sports Builders Association.

The American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), the national organization for builders and suppliers of materials for athletic facilities, has announced the winners of its annual awards with GMB Architecture + Engineering winning the outdoor tennis facility of the year honor. Cranbrook Schools’ new tennis complex was recognized as the top tennis facility at the recent ASBA Technical Meeting in Palm Desert, CA.

Cranbrook’s facility consists of eight, post-tensioned concrete outdoor courts with a 10-foot-high, elevated viewing concourse between the rows of tennis courts, as well as a 450-square-foot team room and restroom facility. The high-end professional courts on Cranbrook’s campus enable student athletes to have a facility to match their level of competition.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. Ghesquiere Jr., who provided the lead gift for the complex, share that “Cranbrook School has a very long history of success on the tennis courts with multiple state championships to our credit.  From the outset, it was our vision to create an aspirational tennis complex where the very best high school tennis players in the state would want to play and where their families could immerse themselves in the spectator experience.  I think we achieved both!”

“It is a spectacular tennis facility that catches your attention from the moment you first see it,”  says Cranbrook Schools Athletic Director Keith Levinthal. “It is a first-class facility for our tennis players to train and compete on. As a fan, you can easily keep tabs on all eight courts with excellent sightlines. When it comes to hosting major events, there is no better place.”

Read the cover story about the complex in this month’s issue of Racquet Sports Industry Magazine here.
Awards are presented each year to facilities built by ASBA members, which best exemplify excellence in sports facility design and construction, as well as an understanding of the technical requirements and current professional standards for athletics facilities. Projects are scored individually based on considerations such as layout and design, site work, drainage, base construction, surface, amenities, innovation, and overall impression.