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The new Fusion RecPlex will be considered for an American Institute of Architects (AIA) Northeast Illinois Design Award. The Burbank Park District announced that the building’s architect, Williams Architects of Itasca, IL, submitted the RecPlex for consideration of an AIA award in the category of “Distinguished Building (over $3 million construction cost).”
The program statement in Williams Architects’ submittal reads:
The Burbank Park District wanted a community facility with a “fusion” of all ages to meet their indoor recreation needs. With a tight budget and lack of land acquisition funds, the District constructed a new facility in Stevenson Park, between the original 4,000 SF Stevenson Room and Aquatic Center.
The State of Illinois provided $2.5 million Department of Natural Resources grant funds to help pay for the $6.5 million project. The resulting “Fusion RECPLEX” 37,000 square foot facility includes a new Gymnasium, Fitness Center, Locker Rooms, Dance/Aerobics, Kids Zone, Running Track, and dividable Program Room. The Entry / Lobby is the “nerve center” of the facility with access to all programs as well as a community gathering place.
The economical use of durable exterior and interior materials as well as sustainable practices makes this facility the focal point of the community. Some sustainable features include minimal storm water impact, a well insulated building envelope, reflective white roof, abundance of glass for views and natural daylight, lighting controls and reuse of the existing park. To that end, “Fusion RECPLEX” is on the verge of becoming LEED certified.
AIA states that, “An award winning project shall demonstrate a high level of design resolution, where the architect has shown exemplary skill and sensitivity in the resolution of formal, functional, technical, sustainable, cultural, and artistic requirements, such as scale, proportion, massing, rhythm, color and texture.”
The awards event will be held Thursday, October 10, 2013 at the Elmhurst Art Museum in Elmhurst, Illinois.
AIA Northeast Illinois Honor Awards submittal