The construction of the new Chicago Park District headquarters has been completed and the facility opened. The development sits on approximately 17 acres of land at 4830 S. Western in the Brighton Park neighborhood.
Done by John Ronan Architects, the new Chicago Park District headquarters’ design is rooted in the history of the Southwest Side. It stands as an example of the future of sustainable development in an area known for manufacturing and industry.
The walls of the courtyard and interior spaces are made of reclaimed Chicago common brick. All of the building materials were chosen for their constructability, durability, and ease of maintenance. Additionally, aluminium sunscreen shields the building from direct sunlight to increase the overall energy efficiency of the building.
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Furthermore, the New Chicago Park District Headquarters includes window glazing that is bird friendly and patterned with a ceramic frit to warn off birds. In addition, the development has EV charging stations – with space to expand for more, 102 bike parking spaces, and a 15,000 square foot green roof.
Features of the New Chicago Park District Headquarters
The 58,100 square foot, multi-storey facility with 17 acres of multi-use park space will include a new 20,000 square foot public fieldhouse. It will bring new recreation, as well as cultural and educational opportunities, to the area.
Formerly a contaminated industrial property, the 17-acre campus park will include two turf fields. They will be a feature with lights, a grand lawn, paths, a playground, and a spray pool. Additionally, there will be a natural area, a nature play space, and bike and vehicle parking.
The fieldhouse features a gym, fitness center, bathrooms, locker rooms, and community multi-purpose rooms.
The Chicago Park District will move its administrative headquarters to the building from its current Streeterville location in early June.