The Field House at Hinkston Park

The Field House at Hinkston Park

Waukegan, IL 2007

Project Description

Comprising both a recreation center and a branch of the Waukegan Public Library, the Field House at Hinkston Park nourishes the mind as well as the body. The field house provides the Waukegan Park District with much-needed indoor recreational space and a centralized location for many district programs and events, after decades of being forced to rely on local schools and an armory. The library similarly needed space to serve new residents on Waukegan?s fast-growing western edge.

The $12 million field house includes a gym, an elevated walking/running track, a climbing wall, a fitness center, an aerobics room, a multipurpose room, locker rooms, child-care facilities, staff offices, a concessions court and the library branch. A key element is the open-span gym — no columns or beams — that contains six full-size basketball/volleyball courts.

The building?s front features primarily single-story spaces, with two-story spaces behind. This gives the building a more human, approachable scale. Siting takes advantage of the park setting.

Library officials were involved in the project from the planning stages, allowing for optimal use of the space, which comprises just 650 of the building?s 83,342 square feet of space. Library reading areas are tucked into corners that offer park views, and users of the two-level fitness center enjoy spectacular panoramic vistas of the park?s wooded trails.

Project Details

Architect: PHN Architects; Wheaton, Ill.
Construction Cost: $11.73 million
Square Feet: 83,342
Occupancy: September 2006

Basketball Backboards/Supports: Porter Athletic Equipment Co.

Bleachers/Grandstands: Sheridan Gymnasium Equipment Ltd.

Climbing Walls: Entre Prises USA Climbing Walls

Divider Curtains: Porter Athletic Equipment Co.

Floor Finishes: Aacer Flooring LLC

Flooring, Aerobics: Aacer Flooring LLC

Lighting: Wide-Lite

Lockers: Treeforms Inc.

Lockers: Santana Products Inc.

Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Porter Athletic Equipment Co.

Scorer's Tables: Porter Athletic Equipment Co.

Shower/Toilet Partitions: Capitol Partitions Inc.

Shower/Toilet Partitions: Comtec Industries

Skylights: Structures Unlimited Inc.

Surfaces, Basketball: Aacer Flooring LLC

Surfaces, Track: Aacer Flooring LLC

Volleyball Nets and Standards: Porter Athletic Equipment Co.

Wall Padding: Porter Athletic Equipment Co.