Oak Park Community Center Multipurpose Facility
Year in Showcase: 2010
Located in an older, traditional neighborhood of single-family homes, this facility and park are built on a site adjacent to a middle school with an existing community center and daycare center, and sited to preserve as many mature trees as possible.
Based on the project’s restrictive budget and input from meetings, the city settled on a program that included a multipurpose space with a platform stage for community gatherings, a multisport gymnasium, equipment storage space and a support office, with classrooms and a catering kitchen planned for a future phase.
The challenge was to integrate the large, box-like gymnasium element with traditional community gathering functions. The design solution softened the rectangular structure with a simple, curved arch. The bold and contemporary element frames the north-oriented window wall, providing natural daylight and serving as a functional sunshade. The wall also establishes a strong visual connection between indoor activities and park visitors, encouraging participation. At night, the wall floods the entry and adjacent plaza with light, providing security and acting as a beacon.
Architect of Record: Dahlin Group Architecture Planning
Construction Cost: $2.54 million
Square Feet: 10,514
Occupancy: April 2009
Floor Covers: Gerflor Taraflex Sports Flooring
Flooring, Fitness Center: Gerflor Taraflex Sports Flooring
Lighting: Sportlite Inc.
Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Datronics Inc.
Volleyball Nets and Standards: