This 66,000 sq. ft. fitness club is strategically located within walking distance of downtown Park Ridge, Metra train station and nearby residences, encouraging members to walk, bicycle or take public transit - intending to promote healthier life styles for the community.
Conceptually the program is organized into zones that translate in the massing. A large open fitness zone with expansive glazing is central to the plan with a range of fitness studios and an open climbing wall ascending full height of the building. The wet zone spaces such as the pools and lockers are arranged adjacent to each other for improved function. The northwest corner is anchored by the gymnasium. The program also includes a wide range of social spaces such as the lobby, café, lounge spaces and outdoor pool and deck with bar and fire pit. In addition there is a 256 car surface parking.
Majority of the program is on the upper level which is elevated on a concrete podium giving the building a prominent horizontal expression along Touhy Ave. The building’s entrance is set back on the first floor and a masonry garden wall screens the parking, shifting focus to the activities taking place inside the club.
The building envelope consists of a stone rainscreen accented with a terracotta rainscreen, masonry, metal panels and large expansive glazing with white butt glaze joints. While the materials are modern in their use and create a strong visual identity they still resonate with the older masonry buildings of Park Ridge.
The design of the exterior envelope plays a critical role in contributing to the sustainability aspect of the design.
-Rainscreen technology on the building envelope offers multiple benefits including, continuous insulation and an open joint ventilation system requiring minimum maintenance.
-Daylighting is maximized along the south facade with floor to ceiling glazing that allows natural light to permeate throughout the interior spaces. This also creates visual connections to the exterior pool and sunning deck as well incorporating panoramic views of the surrounding neighborhood. The result of bringing natural light with views to the outdoors can have a positive and motivating impact on the users health and performance. The use of natural light also helps reduce the use for artificial lighting which in turn minimize energy use.
-Reflective roof to reduce carbon foot print and reduce heat gain.
Using these systems has resulted in an overall building envelope design that is 16% better than code requirement.
This building boasts heating systems at 96% efficiency compared to the industry standard of 80%. Economic roof top cooling systems are equipped with fresh air economizers, enthalpy controls and low leak modulating dampers all contributing to a holistic energy conservation design. Other contributing features are:
-High-efficiency condensing boiler plant.
-Variable speed pumping.
-Variable speed single zone HVAC systems.
-Exhaust air energy recovery in Natatorium, Locker Room and Group Exercise spaces.
-Terminal zone air booster heaters in locker rooms prevent overheating and excessive energy use.
-Outdoor air reset schedules for boilers and primary RTU.
-Multi-stage humidity management capability to reduce energy consumption during dehumidification modes.
The two-story building is strategically located within walking distance of downtown Park Ridge, Metra train station, and nearby residences, encouraging members to walk, bicycle or take public transit - intending to promote healthier lifestyles for the community. The club also provides 256 surface parking spaces, half of which are underneath the building.
-Walk Score Rating - 85 Very Walkable
-Transit Score - 45 Some Transit
Pace Bus # 241 – 0.0 miles
Pace Bus #290 – 0.2 miles
Metra Union Pacific Northwest Train – 0.2 miles
The site has storm water management with the use of an underground detention tank. Other water saving strategies include:
-Hot water recirculation system to reduce waste.
-Limited standby hot water capacity and full instantaneous hot water demand capability. Traditional systems might increase storage and thereby increase standby losses.
Many of the materials selected for interior finishes are eco-friendly and contribute to the well being of the spaces and it's users. Some of the materials that can be found throughout the club that support a healthy environment are:
-Resin panels consists of recycled content and zero waste to landfill.
-Laminates are 100% recycled material and Greenguard Gold certified.
-Countertops are made of 75% recycled material and Greenguard Gold certified.
-Rubber flooring is 100% recycled material made from post-consumer tire & post consumer EPDM rubber. Product is Greencircle Certified.
-Vinyl flooring 50% recycled content and 100% renewable energy used during production.
-Wall carpet that has 80% rapidly renewable material body, used with biodegradable dyes.