ELEANOR BOATHOUSE, Chicago Park District

  • Location Chicago, IL
  • LEED Rating Silver
This rowing training and boat storage facility is the fourth of four boathouses built as a revitalization effort of the Chicago River. It is the second of two dbHMS boathouses in this program (the first being WMS Boathouse at Clark Park), both designed by Studio Gang Architects. The Design-Bid-Build project consists of two buildings containing boat storage and rental services, an exercise area and event space.


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  • Location Chicago, IL
MetroSquash is a non-profit organization founded in 2005 by a class of fifth grade students with a mission “to use squash, academics, mentoring, cultural enrichment, and community service to empower Chicago Public School students to reach their full academic and personal potential.” The organization now serves over 160 students year round and has outgrown their current facility that had the capacity for approximately 150 students. To accommodate the growth of the program, the MetroSquash Organization has opened a new facility in the Woodlawn neighborhood of Chicago.  The new facility includes eight squash courts, four classrooms, locker rooms, multi-purpose room, and viewing area with the capacity to serve up to 300 students.


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  • Location Chicago, IL
  • LEED Rating Platinum
Since 1998, the Chicago Park District has been transforming the old Indiana Railroad yard located along the edge of the South Branch of the Chicago River and Chinatown Community into an impressive rolling green space with community gathering areas, athletic ball field, children’s playground, and Chinese landscape design elements.


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  • Location Beloit, WI
The Blackhawk Generating Station, known as “The Powerhouse” is a decommissioned coal-fired electrical plant adjacent to the Rock River. Recently, Beloit College acquired the 100 year old river-front property with plans to develop it into the center of campus life. dbHMS is working with Studio Gang Architects in the design of a student activity and recreation center. The vision for the Powerhouse is a signature facility that will boast the college’s reputation through creative and innovative design features in a historically industrial space.


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  • Location Elgin, IL
  • LEED Rating Platinum
Rolling Knolls is a resurrected year-round recreational facility on a former golf course site. The pavilion includes an event space that can accommodate up to 80 guests, as well as an annex meeting room that can seat up to 20. Both spaces have large windows to provide plenty of daylighting and great views of natural surroundings as well as access to the outdoor patio area.


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  • Location Chicago, IL
  • Awards ASHRAE – Excellence in Engineering, 2014
    AIA Design Excellence Award – Citation of Merit, 2014
The WMS Boathouse at Clark Park is the premier rowing center for the City of Chicago, offering year-round training and facilities. Creating a key public access point along the river’s edge, the $8.8 million facility supports the larger movement toward an ecological and recreational revival of the Chicago River. The 22,660 sq. ft. boathouse is actually comprised of two buildings: a one-story boat house for storing rowing shells, rental kayaks, and canoes and a two-story fieldhouse with a rowing tank, small offices, a community room, and an exercise area. Sustainable design strategies have been woven throughout the building, which include small rain gardens, permeable concrete on the plaza, to reduce rainwater can run-off, and daylighting to reduce dependence on electric light fixtures.