Pioneer Park Community Center
Pioneer Park Community Center2009
Replacing an aging 1960s-era building, this multifaced- masonry community center fits into the context of its residential neighborhood, and projects a scale suited to its contemporary design and prairie-style influences.
The facility houses a gymnasium, dance/group exercise space, multipurpose rooms, arts-and-crafts space, an interactive children’s program space and a central, vaulted lobby. Tennis courts, an outdoor basketball court and a playground were also included in the community center redevelopment, upgrading the recreational campus, which also includes a pool complex. The lighting solution adopted for interior spaces sought to conserve energy without degrading interior color quality. The understated palette of the facility’s interior features cream walls accented with soft blue and earth-tone hues. Corridor lighting extends green design objectives, as sensors determine light levels based on space usage and increase illumination as natural light from skylights diminishes.
Children’s spaces are decorated with multicolored carpet tiles made from post-consumer recyclable content. Multipurpose rooms are outfitted with divider panels to boost flexibility through the reconfiguration of space. Locker room spaces are conservatively appointed, employing ceramic tile for ease of maintenance, a factor that figured into flooring selections throughout the facility. Masonry treatments inside the building and out likewise offer stability and resilience.
Project DetailsArchitect: Williams Architects; Carol Stream, Ill.
Construction Cost: $6.5 million
Square Feet: 22,450
Occupancy: January 2007
Basketball Backboards/Supports: Porter Athletic Inc.
Divider Curtains: Porter Athletic Inc.
Floor Finishes: Floors Inc.
Flooring, Aerobics: Floors Inc.
Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Porter Athletic Inc.
Surfaces, Basketball: Floors Inc.
Surfaces, Tennis: Floors Inc.
Wall Padding: Porter Athletic Inc.