Ryan Fieldhouse & Walter Athletics Center
Ryan Fieldhouse & Walter Athletics CenterEvanston, IL 2019
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 DetailsArchitect: Perkins+Will
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.