UW Health Sports Factory
UW Health Sports FactoryRockford, IL 2017
The UW Health Sports Factory is a successful adaptive reuse project along the Rock River in downtown Rockford, Ill. Through joint efforts between the city, the park district, the convention and visitor’s bureau, the City of Loves Park and Winnebago County, the project leveraged creative funding to convert a 1940s-era factory into one of the largest and most modern tournament facilities in the Midwest.
The building boasts eight basketball courts and 16 volleyball courts, as well as concessions areas, offices, meeting spaces and a full-service restaurant with a 180-degree view over the Rock River. The project also features site redevelopment, with outdoor gathering space, parking and an extension to the city’s River Walk.
The venue is projected to revitalize Rockford’s struggling downtown. Since opening in the summer of 2016, it has drawn more than 500,000 people per year for basketball, volleyball, wrestling and pickleball tournaments, as well as trade shows, meetings and other local events.
Project DetailsArchitect: Sink Combs Dethlefs
Construction Cost: $14.8 million
Square Feet: 96,000
Occupancy: June 2016
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Basketball Backboards/Supports: Porter Athletic
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Bleachers/Grandstands: Mity-Lite Inc.
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Divider Curtains: Porter Athletic
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Folding Chairs: Mity-Lite Inc.
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Lighting: Sound Vision Audio Visual Systems
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Daktronics Inc.
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Tennis Court Nets/Posts: Porter Athletic
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Tennis Court Nets/Posts: Draper Inc.
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Volleyball Nets and Standards: Porter Athletic
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Wall Padding: Porter Athletic
Ice Rinks - Dashers: Athletica
Indoor Sports Surfaces - Multipurpose: Connor Sports
Indoor Sports Surfaces - Racquetball/Squash Courts: Horner Flooring Company
Indoor Sports Surfaces - Volleyball: Mondo
Laundry - Dryers: General Electric
Laundry - Washers: General Electric
Locker/Shower - Shower/Toilet Partitions: Accurate Partitions Corp.