Robert Crown Community Center 

Evanston, Illinois
Construction Cost: $44.5 million
Area / Square Feet: 136,000 SF
Occupancy Date: June 2020

The Robert Crown Community Center completely transforms an existing 15-acre park and community facility, reorganizing and expanding outdoor and indoor programming to create an integrated park and building. After a decade of analysis and program review, the City of Evanston โ€” 12 miles north of Chicago and home to 75,000 people โ€” elected to replace its 1975 ice rink and community center with an entirely new facility that would aggregate active and passive recreation and wellness activities. 

The building contains a twin-pad arena with seating for 1,100 spectators, a running track, a landscaped courtyard, a library, a childcare area, fitness and community rooms, and a gymnasium โ€” all organized around a central public area. The project prioritizes park space, and the facility has a reduced footprint through the placement of major program areas on the second floor. The elevated gym provides panoramic views of the park and forms a generous canopy for the main building entrance. The public zone at the center of the building is polyvalent โ€” a place from which primary activities can be viewed, but which can also be occupied by adjacent program areas spilling into it. 

This project delivers on Evanstonโ€™s vision for the RCCC to be โ€œa place for everyone,โ€ with a design that integrates a broad spectrum of community wellness and competitive opportunities, both inside and out. It shows how, through careful design, a large-scale project with multivalent amenities can be sensitively introduced into a residential neighborhood and become a vital center for a diverse community.


Woodhouse Tinucci Architects

Chicago, Ill.


MJMA Architecture & Design

Toronto, Ont.


Indoor Sports Surfaces - Multipurpose

American Biltrite, Texas Granite

Ice Rinks - Dashers

Athletica Sports Systems

Locker/Shower - Shower/Toilet Partitions

Bobrick Washroom Equipment Inc.

Locker/Shower - Flooring

Dal-Tile Corp. 

Ice Rinks - Bleachers/Grandstands


Outdoor Facilities/Stadiums - Scoreboards

Fair-Play Scoreboards

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Scoreboards/Timing Systems

Fair-Play Scoreboards

Outdoor Facilities/Stadiums - Sports Surfaces


Locker/Shower - Lockers

Hollman Inc.

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Bleachers/Grandstands

Hussey Seating Company

Ice Rinks - Refrigeration Units

Ice Builders

Laundry - Dryers


Laundry - Washers


Fitness Center - Flooring, Aerobics


Outdoor Facilities/Stadiums - Lighting

Musco Sports Lighting LLC

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Scoreboards/Timing Systems

Nevco Inc. 

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Divider Curtains

PSS Performance

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Gymnastics Equipment

PSS Performance

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Volleyball Nets and Standards

PSS Performance

Fitness Center - Flooring, Fitness Center

Robbins Sports Surfaces

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Basketball

Robbins Sports Surfaces

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Track

Robbins Sports Surfaces

Building Systems - Pre-Engineered Structures

Varco Pruden