The Chicago Park District called on architectural firm Booth Hansen to prototype a sustainable and innovative space for fitness, and the result is this beautiful modern fieldhouse. Many eco-minded construction techniques were implemented in the project including the use of pre-cast concrete panels, masonry brick veneer, and a glazed curtain wall system. Setting the stage for future projects, the fieldhouse gymnasium, locker rooms, and admin offices are all built to LEED Silver standards.

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Interspersed between the landscaped native plantings surrounding the building is a universally accessible play-lot, parking, and a baseball field. There is also an ear-marked space for future additions of a natatorium and a clubroom. Since 95% of the stormwater is collected, and treated through a filtration basin, vegetated swales, and pervious pavers, much of the water is retained on-site which reduces the need for irrigating with potable water. A partial green roof also aids in managing rain water while helping to regulate the building’s interior temperature.

In order to meet the high energy efficiency standards, the primary mechanical systems for heating and cooling the building use geothermal technology. The lighting systems were designed to maximize available daylight, and we applaud that the building was designed to provide daylight to more than 75% of the regularly occupied spaces.

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An air quality plan was drafted prior to construction to ensure that contaminants were kept out of the building throughout the build. Indoor air quality was a top priority that is ensured through the careful selection of low VOC-emitting building materials. Designers chose locally produced products, including 23% recycled materials, and 97% Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified sustainably harvested wood.

Beyond all the stats that prove this project excels in its green design, the space is bright and inviting. The city plans to construct several other sustainable fieldhouses, providing local communities with space for team sports, health and fitness.

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