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Hubbard Woods Park Shelter – Village of Winnetka

Hubbard Woods Park’s existing structures – the warming shelter and gazebo – are in various states of disrepair, and as a result are significantly under-utilized. Rehabilitation of these structures was examined by the Park District, however it was determined that given the limited usefulness of the building, the cost to rehabilitate the park shelter would not be cost effective. Ultimately, it was determined that the most beneficial option for the park would be to develop a new shelter with updated facilities, including restrooms, park district storage space, and performance areas, enabling it to serve as a key landmark and gathering point within the Hubbard Woods District. To achieve this goal, the Park Land Use Master Plan studied several potential locations for a new and ultimately concluded that a centrally located structure could provide the same function as both the existing warming hut and gazebo combined.

The shelter is composed of three primary elements: a) Open Stage, b) Restrooms and c) Storage / Mechanical Space. The Open Stage is slightly larger than the existing gazebo, but is more open, lending itself to a greater variety of performances and presentations. The Restrooms provide accessible facilities for all users of the park and are placed adjacent to the relocated playground area. The Storage / Mechanical Space serves two functions: providing storage area for the stage to allow for a greater variety of use, and providing mechanical space to serve the proposed splash pad, a new amenity in the park.

We are also working with The Lakota Group in relocating the playground to a more favorable location as well as modifying the pathways and landscaping around the park.

The overall goal for this project is to give the visitors to Winnetka a functional and inviting area to spend time with family and friends.Untitled-1

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WINNETKA SCHOOL DISTRICT 36 – ADMINISTRATION OFFICE

The School District desired to remodel and consolidate its many administration departments in one centralized location.  It was decided to remodel the District’s existing administrative spaces at Washburne School to improve its efficiency and to make room for the District’s remote HR department.

Without adding additional floor area, the remodeled space features  a larger main conference room, a secondary conference room, separated lunchroom and workroom, improved mechanical ventilation and lighting, and a more refined and comfortable office environment to promote employee satisfaction and productivity.

A full height “privacy wall” furniture system, complete with locking sliding doors, was used to create private offices for all employees for confidential business matters.  The top portion of the privacy wall system incorporates acoustically rated glass that allows daylight into the center of the office and promotes an open feeling.

Project Data
Type of Facility:    Administration
Project Area:    4,400 SF

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WINNETKA PARK DISTRICT – SERVICE CENTER

The Winnetka Park District conducted a 12 month study to determine the feasibility and placement of a Service Center for the District’s golf and parks operations.  Opting for good stewardship and operating efficiency, the Park District directed the project meet LEED Gold Certification standards.

The building was located on a brownfield site, atop a capped landfill adjacent to the Village of Winnetka’s Public Works Facility.   On the outside, rain water storage cisterns, water efficient vegetation, fixed exterior sun shading, and other sustainable design strategies were used to garner LEED points.  Inside, low flow fixtures, energy efficient lighting, low emitting materials, and ‘smart’ lighting and thermal controls were used throughout the facility.

The new Service Center includes an office area with work stations, conference room, locker rooms and storage, and a work bay with a vehicle maintenance area, workshop and dedicated equipment and storage spaces.

Project Data
Type of Facility:    New Service Center
Project Size:    8,800 sq ft
Construction Start:    June 2009

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