Ryan Fieldhouse & Walter Athletics Center

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Ryan Fieldhouse & Walter Athletics Center

Evanston, IL 2019

Project Description

The Ryan Fieldhouse and Walter Athletics Center is a transformational athletic expansion on Northwestern University’s Evanston campus. In response to the client’s goal to recruit and inspire world-class student-athletes, designers created one of the most versatile practice, competition and recreation venues in the nation on a prominent yet constrained lakefront site.

The full-sized field on the second floor of Ryan Fieldhouse looks out directly to unobstructed views of Lake Michigan, and the domed space cantilevers over the outdoor path and seawall. The light-filled Walter Athletics Center houses academic support services for more than 500 student-athletes, as well as nutrition and dining centers, two sports performance centers, a cutting-edge sports medicine and training hub, locker rooms for eight varsity teams, and coaches’ offices. The wraparound design maximizes the spaces with views of Lake Michigan and visually connects the center to practice fields and the Chicago skyline beyond.

By focusing on student-athletes’ health and wellness, and connecting them more closely to the academic campus, this state-of-the art facility not only attracts and inspires top athletes, but also enhances campus life through shared-use athletic and recreation spaces.

Project Details

Architect: Perkins+Will
Architect: HOK
Construction Cost: Confidential
Square Feet: 420,000
Occupancy: August 2018

Building Systems - Glass Curtainwall: PPG Solarban

Fitness Center - Cardiovascular Equipment: Life Fitness

Fitness Center - Cardiovascular Equipment: Boost

Fitness Center - Flooring, Fitness Center: PLAE

Fitness Center - Free-Weight Equipment: Sorinex Exercise Equipment

Fitness Center - Strength Equipment: Hammer Strength

Fitness Center - Strength Equipment: Keiser

Fitness Center - Strength Equipment: Perform-X

Fitness Center - Strength Equipment: Perform Better

Fitness Center - Strength Equipment: Rogers Athletic Co.

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Arena Seating: Irwin Seating Co.

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Basketball Backboards/Supports: Aalco Manufacturing Co.

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Bleachers/Grandstands: Irwin Seating Co.

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Divider Curtains: Aalco Manufacturing Co.

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Floor Covers: Terraplas USA Rentals LLC

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Lighting: Musco Sports Lighting LLC

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Outfront Media

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Volleyball Nets and Standards: Aalco Manufacturing Co.

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Wall Padding: Aalco Manufacturing Co.

Indoor Soccer/Inline Rinks - Dashers: Rink Systems Inc.

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Basketball: Connor Sports

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Volleyball: Connor Sports

Laundry - Dryers: Pellerin Milnor Corp.

Laundry - Washers: Pellerin Milnor Corp.

Locker/Shower - Flooring: Ergon

Locker/Shower - Lockers: Shield Lockers

Locker/Shower - Shower/Toilet Partitions: Comtec

Locker/Shower - Swimsuit Extractors: Extractor Corp./ SUITMATE

Outdoor Facilities/Stadiums - Bleachers/Grandstands: Southern Bleacher Co.

Outdoor Facilities/Stadiums - Football Goal Posts: Sportsfield Specialties Inc.

Outdoor Facilities/Stadiums - Lighting: Musco Sports Lighting LLC

Outdoor Facilities/Stadiums - Scoreboards: Daktronics

Outdoor Facilities/Stadiums - Soccer Goals: Sportsfield Specialties Inc.

Outdoor Facilities/Stadiums - Sports Surfaces: FieldTurf

Outdoor Facilities/Stadiums - Tennis Nets/Posts: Sportsfield Specialties Inc.

Training Facilities - Hydrotherapy Tanks: HydroWorx International Inc.

Training Facilities - Taping/Treatment Tables: Rogers Athletic Co.

Architect Of Record

Chicago, IL

Associate Architect

Kansas City, MO

Design Architect


Landscape Architect

Chicago, IL