Ice Arena, Pool and Playfields
A lot of program including a 50-meter pool, regulation size sheet of ice and two baseball fields is fit onto the six-acre site through efficient planning and the reuse of existing foundation systems. The building achieved LEED Gold certification, which is a difficult challenge given the project’s unusual pool and ice rink energy needs.
The Center is the flagship facility for the Park District of Oak Park.
The renovation and expansion preserve the original rink’s wood roof structure for its lodge-like character, which is extended into a new lobby that allows passersby to view skaters. The ice arena joins outdoor playfields and swimming pool and its respective facades are designed to reflect those activities.