Jesse White Community Center + Field House (JWCC)
An anchor of community engagement
The JWCC transforms the image of a Chicago Field House from the traditional masonry structure into a 21st century open, accessible and transparent community center. Our design creates a composition of shifting boxes with a high degree of transparency enhancing the connection to the community.
The major architectural volumes, expressed in a warm copper tone and acrobatic shape, house a gymnasium and gymnastics facility with tumbling equipment and in-ground foam practice pits. The minor volumes, featured in a portal-type gesture with playfully colored glazing, host a fitness space, community meeting rooms and public computer labs.
A generous reception lobby welcomes the public through a transparent façade and a tumbler-friendly entry plaza.
The design conveys a vibrant 30,000-square-foot community-centered space that promotes connectivity and enriches the character of its evolving neighborhood in Chicago.
Our LEED Silver center reveals a fully integrated design approach resulting in the use of performance-driven, energy-efficient building materials and the optimization of centrally located building systems.
We collaborated closely with the Jesse White Foundation and the Chicago Park District to develop this vision of a facility that accommodates a variety of fitness and assembly spaces that embrace transparency and openness.