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WMS Boathouse at Clark Park / Studio Gang Architects

  • 01:00 - 13 January, 2014
WMS Boathouse at Clark Park / Studio Gang Architects
WMS Boathouse at Clark Park / Studio Gang Architects, © Steve Hall Hedrich Blessing
© Steve Hall Hedrich Blessing

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  • Architects

  • Location

    3331-3371 N Rockwell St, Chicago, IL 60618, USA
  • Founder and Design Principal

    Jeanne Gang, FAIA, LEED AP
  • Managing Principal

    Mark Schendel, AIA, LEED AP
  • Project Architect

    William Emmick, AIA, LEED AP
  • Area

    22620.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

  • Manufacturers

    Accurate, Acuity Brands, Axis Lighting, Bega, Chicago Faucets, Corbin Russwin, DalTile, Dupont, E.L. Mustee and Sons, Grayson Slate, Guardian, HAWS, Heathermoor Slate, Honeywell, Kawneer, Kohler, LCN, Lightolier, Ligman Lighting, Luminii, Maharam, Marine Grade Doug Fir, Pinnacle Architectural Lighting, Rheinzink, Saint Gobain, Schindler, Sherwin Williams, Tubelite, VaproShield WrapShield, Vermont Slate Company, Wayne Dalton, XAL, Zinc panels
© Steve Hall Hedrich Blessing
© Steve Hall Hedrich Blessing

From the architect. The Clark Park facility is one of four boathouses proposed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel as cornerstones of his riverfront revitalization plan, anchoring the river’s future development. Emanuel’s initiative was spurred by the provision of nearly $1 million in grant funds by the United States Environmental Protection Agency to help clean up the river and drive job creation. Studio Gang was commissioned to realize two of the four boathouses, with the second facility to be located along the south branch of the Chicago River at 28th and Eleanor Streets. It is scheduled for completion in 2015.

Site Plan
Site Plan

Wall Section Roof Diagram Section 2nd level Plan +38

The WMS Boathouse at Clark Park is currently home to the Chicago Rowing Foundation (CRF). In partnership with the Chicago Park District, the CRF offers a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities year round, including learn to row sessions both in tanks and on the river, youth and masters team rowing, ergometer training, rowing-inspired yoga classes, and lessons tailored to individuals with disabilities.

© Steve Hall Hedrich Blessing
© Steve Hall Hedrich Blessing

As the City of Chicago works to transform the long-polluted and neglected Chicago River into its next recreational frontier, Studio Gang’s boathouse at Clark Park helps catalyze necessary momentum. “The architecture is meant to visually capture the poetic rhythm and motion of rowing,” said Jeanne Gang, Founder and Principal of Studio Gang Architects. “But by providing a publically accessible riverfront, it also reveals the larger movement toward an ecological and recreational revival of the Chicago River.”

© Steve Hall Hedrich Blessing
© Steve Hall Hedrich Blessing

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The boathouse’s design translates the time-lapse motion of rowing into an architectural roof form, providing visual interest while also offering spatial and environmental advantages that allow the boathouse to adapt to Chicago’s distinctive seasonal changes. With structural truss shapes alternating between an inverted “V” and an “M,” the roof achieves a rhythmic modulation that lets in southern light through the building’s upper clerestory. The clerestory glazing warms the floor slab of the structure in winter and ventilates in summer to minimize energy use throughout the year.

© Steve Hall Hedrich Blessing
© Steve Hall Hedrich Blessing
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The 22,620 square foot complex consists of a two-story mechanically heated and cooled training center, one-story boat storage facility, and a floating launch dock. The main building houses row tanks, ergometer machines, communal space, and an office for the Chicago Park District. Boat storage accommodates kayak and canoe vendors and includes office space, as well as clear span storage for rowing shells and support equipment.

© Steve Hall Hedrich Blessing
© Steve Hall Hedrich Blessing

The total building cost is $8.8 million, with $3.2 million in private funding including $2 million from WMS, $1 million from North Park University, and $200,000 from the Chicago Rowing Foundation and $1 million matched by Alderman Ameya Pawar (47th Ward) with TIF funds.

© Steve Hall Hedrich Blessing
© Steve Hall Hedrich Blessing
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