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Activity Center

New Places to Play

New Activity Center at Techny Prairie Park and Fields
Setting sights on a future of active play, health and fitness for the community, Northbrook Park District officials broke ground Wednesday, July 10 on your new Activity Center at Techny Prairie Park and Fields on the six-acre parcel purchased in 2011.

The Activity Center addresses four of the Top 5 Priorities for Investment for Programs, as identified in the CMP Community Survey:

  1. Fitness and Wellness – including indoor walking/running track
  2. Active Adult Programs – cardio and yoga classes
  3. Senior Programs – focus on wellness
  4. Open Gyms – all ages programming

 

BUILD/CONSTRUCTION

The Activity Center is located in Techny Prairie Parks and Fields on an open six-acre parcel. The 44,200 square foot building is oriented along the east-west axis to maximize its solar exposure to the south for optimized daylighting and energy efficiency while taking advantage of great views of Anetsberger Golf Course and pond on the north. Approximately 150 parking spaces are added on the south side of the building and connected to the current parking lot across Anets Drive for shared use between building and other park activities.

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  • Site work is progressing.
  • The concrete parking lot curbs, most light pole bases, and the trash enclosure pad have been poured.
  • The lower layer of parking lot asphalt has been installed.
  • Underground piping for electric, water and sewer utilities is being routed in trenches throughout the site.
  • Final coordination of precast concrete panels and structural steel framing is happening to release the contractors for the fabrication of the structure and envelope of the building.
6 Foundation Wall Forms, Precast Embeds

October 2019

The building’s foundation was constructed. Exterior wall and interior column locations have been excavated for the foundations. The base of the foundation is called a footing, wood formwork is built and steel reinforcing bars (rebar) are laid out and then concrete is poured. Once the footings are complete the foundation wall is formed on top of the center of the footing using metal formwork. The rectangular-shaped formwork layout is the elevator pit, notice the steel rebar that reinforces the concrete foundation wall. Steel embed plates are provided at the top inside edge of the foundation wall that will be used to secure the precast concrete panels.

4 Rain Garden Installation

September 2019

Site utility piping and structures were delivered to the site and the ground was trenched to install them. Rain gardens at the parking lot were dug out and backfilled with stone.

2 Final Site Grading

August 2019

The overall site was graded for the parking lot and a flat pad was created for the building. Subsurface geopier supports were laid out with pink ground flags and installed.

Groundbreaking Dirt Dig

July 2019 – Groundbreaking

Northbrook Park District Board members and employees along with representatives from design team—Wight & Company and construction—Corporate Construction attended a groundbreaking ceremony held on July 10, 2019. With heavy equipment on-site and active participation from the Park District project team—the ground was officially broken and dirt moved!

 

DESIGN

Site Plan Overhead View

The Activity Center was designed by award-winning architectural and design team Wight & Company.

  • The new Activity Center features:
    • Indoor walking/running track
    • Multipurpose gymnasium for basketball, pickleball and volleyball
    • Fitness space for individual cardio, strength training and group fitness
    • Multipurpose room and office space
  • Membership and program information will be available in July 2020.

Rendering of Fitness Center and Fitness Rooms
Interior view of fitness center with fitness rooms on second floor
Rendering of Activity Center Gym
Interior view of gymnasium with basketball, volleyball and pickleball courts
Rendering of Fitness Center and Track
Interior view of fitness center with running/walking track on second floor
Trail Through Time Inspiration Painting

The building decor will be inspired by a painting titled Trail Through Time, which the District purchased at the Northbrook Plein-Air Painting Festival, that shows what Techny Prairie Park and Fields looked like nearly a century ago. The colors featured in Trail Through Time by Nyle Gordon, an American artist, will be carried throughout the building, and the original painting will be on display in the Center.

 

NET ZERO ENERGY BUILDING

Logo Net Zero Energy BuildingIncorporating the Northbrook Park District’s mission of environmental stewardship, the Activity Center will be constructed as a Net Zero Energy Building—a highly energy-efficient facility with the total calculated amount of energy used by the building being equal to or less than the amount of renewable energy created on-site.

The highly efficient building design includes:

    • An array of solar panels on the roof
    • HVAC systems and mechanical equipment with the highest efficiency ratings
    • Increased insulation values in the walls and roof
    • High-performing windows and strategic window placement to help regulate indoor temperature
    • LED lighting throughout the building and parking lot
    • Occupancy sensors in rooms and daylight sensors in perimeter spaces
    • EPA Indoor Air Plus requirements for paint and materials

Grant Information

  • The Northbrook Park District is receiving a $1.78 million grant from Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation which will fund construction and materials to achieve the Net Zero Energy building status.
  • The Net Zero Energy Building Program awards grants to nonprofit, government and higher education organizations for exemplary buildings that maximize energy efficiency.
  • Over a one-year period, projects must achieve a Net Zero Energy building performance (or better). Net Zero Energy buildings offset their own energy consumption by generating required energy on-site from renewable resources.
  • While the District can receive 100% of the grant funding, it is dispersed in three phases and is based on net zero performance of the building.
  • Receipt of the grant makes funding available for the District’s ongoing Capital Improvement Plan.
  • In order to qualify for the grant, the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation requires that the building receive a third-party certification ensuring the building is aggressively efficient in its energy use.
  • This building is slated to receive two certifications, PHIUS+ and Source Zero Certifications, both from the Passive House Institute US.

FACILITY INFORMATION

  • The Activity Center is part of the 2018-2022: New Places to Play initiative based on resident input and aligned with the District’s 10-year Comprehensive Master Plan.
  • Construction began for the new Activity Center after a groundbreaking ceremony held on July 10, 2019 at Techny Prairie Park and Fields.
  • The 44,200 square foot building will feature space for fitness and wellness—including an indoor walking and running track, a gymnasium for pickleball, basketball, camps and other activities and multipurpose rooms.
  • Membership and program information will be available in July 2020.

History

  • Over the last 10 years, Northbrook Park District has consistently surveyed residents to learn how well the District’s parks, facilities and programs are meeting your needs and expectations. This information informed the development of a 10-year master plan for the Northbrook Park District, completed in 2017.
  • Resident priorities for investment over the next 10 years include adding indoor program space; updating existing facilities; establishing new parks and open space; and creating a community-wide trail/bike network.
  • In response to resident priorities, and as an initial initiative of the Master Plan, the Park District launched 2018-2022: New Places to Play—an infrastructure improvement plan that addresses the first two master plan priorities: adding indoor programming space and updating existing facilities.
  • The District is building a new Activity Center on the six-acre piece of Park District land at Techny Prairie Park and Fields, upgrading the golf course, clubhouse and driving range at Sportsman’s Country Club and initiating the planning phase for improvements to the park and facilities at Meadowhill Park.
  • As a result of smart fiscal planning, the Northbrook Park District is in a position to move forward with the construction of New Places to Play without increasing taxes. The District will issue bonds and use reserve money earmarked for these projects.
  • Construction on the Activity Center is expected to be complete in early 2021.

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