Lake Forest College Sports and Recreation Center Addition

Lake Forest College Sports and Recreation Center Addition
The addition has created a striking new entrance for the facility and a new image for the home of several Foresters’ Athletic programs.
"Your careful attention to our program needs and your prompt turnaround have been so helpful. Your thorough work on the equipment planning gives our staff a huge head start. I am glad you are part of the team!"
-Jackie Slaats,
Athletic Director

"This project has transformed student life on this campus. It is even better than we ever dreamed possible. Your work with us and SCB has been great."
-Chris Conger,
Associate Athletic Director

SportsPLAN Studio led the programming phase and served as design consultant to Solomon Cordwell Buenz for this expansion of the Lake Forest College Athletic Center. We conducted a series of workshops with coaches and Athletic Department staff, prepared a program of space requirements and developed equipment layouts for the showcase Strength Training and Fitness Center.

The addition to this 40-year old structure respectfully addresses the Lake Forest neighborhood concerns for the Sheridan Road corridor by putting one third of the program space below grade with a ribbon of high windows to provide daylight. The addition was programmed and designed to substantially upgrade the varsity team support facilities and provide a variety of new recreation featuresfor the Lake Forest College community.


Feasibility Study
Master Planning
Design Consulting
Equipment Specifications
Operational Planning

Program Features

22,000 SF Multi-Purpose Gym
12,000 SF Strength and Fitness Center
Sports Medicine Center
Indoor Synthetic Turf Field
Indoor Batting Cages
Varsity Team Meeting Rooms
Student Lounge and Café
Locker Rooms
Indoor Jogging Track
Group Exercise Studio
New Gymnasium Event Suite
Project Manager: Joel Leider
Architect of Record: SCB Design
Project Cost: $17 million
Owner Reference: Jackie Slaats
Completion Date: 2010
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