Taylor-Lauridsen and Jesse Owens Park Fieldhouses Receive Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award

PBC Contractor, Booth Hansen Architects, Awarded for Architectural Excellence in Community Design

Mimi Simon, Public Building Commission, (312) 744-9277

The Public Building Commission along with its client, the Chicago Park District, and the Architect of Record, Booth Hansen, received the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation 2nd Place Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design for the Taylor-Lauridsen and Jesse Owens Park Fieldhouses.

The new Jesse Owens Fieldhouse is named for the legendary Chicago Olympian and is located in the Calumet Heights community on the City’s south side.  The Taylor-Lauridsen Fieldhouse is located in the New City community on the City’s southwest side.  The Chicago Park District opened these fieldhouses to the community in 2009.

The prototype design, created by Booth Hansen Architects, features a competition size gymnasium, fitness room, men’s and women’s locker rooms and divisible space for club meetings. Both new fieldhouses achieved LEED “Gold” certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).  Sustainable design features included are natural lighting, native and adaptive landscaping, stormwater management, low-flow plumbing and geothermal mechanical systems

The award was presented to Booth Hansen Architects at an awards dinner held on February 9, 2011.  A video highlighting these projects was developed and shown at the awards dinner and is available for viewing at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRExQj7VpBU.

The Public Building Commission of Chicago manages construction and renovation projects for the City of Chicago and its sister agencies. Mayor Richard M. Daley serves as the PBC’s chairman. Erin Lavin Cabonargi serves as the Executive Director of the PBC.  Additional information about the PBC and its projects can be found at www.pbcchicago.com.

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