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.
The objectives for improved occupant comfort,
efficient operation of building systems and reduction in energy consumption and operating costs are driven by an integrated building automation system that controls the HVAC, lighting and hot water systems.
Energy efficiency is optimized while maintaining
a healthy indoor air quality by demand controlled
ventilation that adjusts the amount of outside air
based on measured levels of occupancy.
Form, orientation and building envelope were
developed with the goal of reducing loads in
mechanical and electrical systems while optimizing
solar access and daylight. Active mechanical and
electrical systems and controls were designed to
reduce energy consumption. The combination of
passive and active design features allows the building to consume 23% less energy (electricity + natural gas) than a comparable baseline building.
The Jesse White Tumblers program was created to serve disadvantaged inner-city youth. This recreational and educational facility was conceived as a vital anchor of community engagement and a physical reaffirmation of the program’s enduring success. The quest for transparency and openness is amplified by the configuration of the main entrance clad in clear glass from ground level to ceiling. The lobby ceiling slab extends outward to the south and east to create a zone of transition from exterior to interior space, reaching out to the community at large in a physical expression of welcoming. The first-floor building components actively engage the street space, as gymnastics activities are visible via the glass-enclosed lobby.
Highly efficient plumbing fixtures that yield 34% potable water consumption savings relative to a comparable baseline building
Landscape of native plants requiring no potable water used for irrigation
13% recycled content value as a percentage of the total materials cost, reducing the negative impacts resulting from the extraction and processing of virgin materials
13% regional materials value as a percentage of the total materials cost, supporting the use of indigenous resources