North Central College Residence Hall/Recreation Center
The nation’s first LEED-certified (LEED Silver) combination college dorm and rec facility, the project consists of a four-story, 265-bed residence hall wrapped around a 62,000 ft2 field house like a rectangular donut. The inner field house has 50-ft-tall precast concrete walls and 180-ft-span roof trusses that allow for an open-spaced 200-meter indoor track, activity courts and suspended walking track. The surrounding residence hall features precast concrete double walls and conventional sandwich panels, precast columns, beams, stairs, and water retention storage tanks. The building also features energy-efficient windows, radiant heat, high-efficiency air conditioning, heat recovery ventilators, a domestic hot water waste heat recovery system, a white membrane roof to reduce the heat island effect, low-flow plumbing fixtures, and extensive use of recycled and low-VOC-emitting materials. It also features one of the largest geothermal installations in the Midwest with 60 650-ft deep geothermal wells, as well as underground precast double-wall storm water retention tanks. The project also won an Honorable Mention Harry H. Edwards Award for Industry Advancement. To view a complete case study of this project, click here.
Owner: North Central College
Architect: Thomas A. Buchar & Associates, Joliet, Ill.
Engineer: Architectural Consulting Engineers, Oak Park, Ill.