Recreation Construction Projects

Parks and recreational facilities are designed to be used, so our focus is to get in, get the job done as efficiently as possible, and get back out, all while working to minimize any disruption to the facilities or communities that use them. A particular concern for these types of projects is that children are very often present. To minimize risk, we place a strong emphasis on safety procedures and education, not just for our crews but also for park employees and the general public. Decades of construction experience allows us to take a very active role in working with owners to understand what they want to accomplish from a program perspective, and then to develop a plan to get the work done in as timely, effective and safe way as possible.

Our Recreation Experience

Chicago Park District New Headquarters and Campus

Chicago, IL

Located in Chicago’s Brighton Park neighborhood, the Chicago Park District’s new 58,000 SF headquarters broke ground in July of 2021. The new Park District campus will feature 14 acres of green space, a new 20,000 SF field house, playground, athletic fields, water features, among many other amenities. This project is a joint-venture with ALL Construction Group.

Client: Chicago Park District
Architect: John Ronan Architects (Renderings)

Chicago Riverwalk Esplanade Improvements and Marketplace

Chicago, IL

This project for the City of Chicago included improvements along the Chicago River Riverwalk. The scope of work included replacing and widening the Riverwalk path, adding new vendor spaces for Minority and Women Owned Businesses, and placing an additional 75,000 SF of new landscape. Phase 2 of this project included an electrical room build-out, furniture installs, new electrical infrastructure to provide power to light fixtures and future vendor spaces. Conduit runs under Upper Wacker Drive and Upper Michigan Ave. We also completed general landscaping.

The Chicago Riverwalk is a popular attraction among visitors to Chicago as well as the local residents. By expanding it and providing new landscaping, it not only makes it more beautiful, but also increases capacity.

Client: Chicago Department of General Services
Value: $3,490,000
Delivery Method: JOC

Buffalo Grove Park District Community Arts Center Interior Renovation

Buffalo Grove, IL

This $3.3 million LEED Certified renovation of the Buffalo Grove Community Arts Center includes renovation of the lobby, vestibule, multipurpose room, and 360-seat theatre. The expanded space meets the community’s increasing demand for more performing arts classes and opportunities, event and training space, and Park District programs. Additional work included a new pitched roof over the theatre, installation of a new HVAC system, and playground.

The opportunities for programming at the center are tremendous and transcend all segments of the population. The programs have gained acclaim, fueling the students, families, and staff’s commitment to the benefits of the arts in the community.

Client: Buffalo Grove Park District
Value: $3,300,000
Delivery Method: Design/Bid/Build

Schaumburg Park District CRC Renovation

Schaumburg, IL

Renovations to Schaumburg’s Community Recreation Center include all new finishes in the bathrooms, recreation rooms, and office spaces, as well as new structural staircases and glazed decorative metal handrails, and new automatic sliding doors at the entry and interior storefront. Additional renovation work involved the installation of new flooring, lighting, HVAC, ACT ceilings, and cabinetry/millwork throughout the main building.

The project was phased to accommodate the patrons of the facility using the walking track on the 2nd floor by accelerating areas where overhead HVAC & ceiling was being replaced in order to minimize the time the track will be partially closed.

Client: Schaumburg Park District
Value: $1,910,000
Delivery Method: Design/Bid/Build

Hubbard Woods Pavilion

Winnetka, IL

This project involved the construction of a park pavilion structure to serve as the stage area for summer concerts and to house public restrooms for the new park. Work included the demolition of an existing structure, and construction of the new one-story pavilion structure. The pavilion has a stone masonry wainscot on the exterior with pre-finished fiber cement siding and trim. Decorative GFRC columns are located on the North and South sides at the open stage area.

Client: Winnetka Park District
Value: $710,000
Size: 1,280 sf
Delivery Method: Design/Bid/Build



  • 2017 – American Society of Landscape Architects – General Design – Constructed Projects

Long Bridge Park Playground Areas

Arlington, VA

This project covered construction services for playground areas at Long Bridge Park. It included the provision and installation of site storm utilities, concrete sidewalks, playground equipment, high pressure fog system, playground surfacing, and custom site furnishings.

Client: Arlington County
Value: $1,000,000
Delivery Method: Design/Bid/Build

Crisp County Youth Ball Complex

Cordele, GA

This 17-acre Design-Build project for Crisp County Parks and Recreation included the construction of three youth baseball fields with dugouts, two soccer fields, a picnic pavilion, two restroom buildings, concession area, a 10-bay batting cage, and a playground. All civil, drainage, irrigation, and building designs were developed jointly with Crisp County officials.

Client: Crisp County Parks and Recreation
Value: $1,600,000
Delivery Method: Design/Build

Museum Park Baywalk & Promenade Phase 2 & 3

Miami, FL

Phase Two of the The Museum Park project consisted of soil remediation, demolition, earthwork, underground drainage, water utilities, a paver baywalk, concrete sidewalks and pathways, tree transplants, lighting, site furnishings, landscaping and sod, and irrigation. Phase Three consisted of a paver promenade walkway, concrete stairs and ramps, concrete sidewalks and pathways, retaining walls, lighting, site furnishings, landscaping, and promenade walkway irrigation.

Client: City of Miami
Value: $8,600,000
Delivery Method: Design/Bid/Build

Ping Tom Park Boat House

Chicago, IL

The Ping Tom Park Boat House is a kayak and canoe storage/vending facility. It is a one-story, 2,458 sf, three-season building. Part of the facility is an enclosed storage area with ornamental fencing for kayaks and canoes. The other section of the building houses restrooms, an office, and a janitor’s closet. The exterior plaza space consists of a metal canopy and a walk to a floating dock. Site amenities include paving, landscaping, and lighting.

Client: Chicago Park District
Value: $2,200,000
Size: 2,458 sf
Delivery Method: Design/Bid/Build



  • 2014 – AIA Chicago – Small Projects Honor Award

Sherwood Recreation Center Play Area

Washington DC

The Sherwood Recreation Center and the Goding Elementary School shared play area was built to accommodate the recreational interests of both the community and the school. Work included a new playground and play spaces with educational features, landscaping and irrigation, and the refinishing of existing parking lots. New features include a geometric climbing structure, windmill slide, human sundial, outdoor classroom, bird houses, swings, and ADA accessible merry-go-round.

Client: DC Department of General Services
Value: $1,800,000
Delivery Method: Design/Build

Tennis Plus & Bock Center Renovation

Schaumburg, IL

As part of a project to update The Schaumburg Park District facilities, this contract included the renovation of Tennis Plus and the Bock Neighborhood Center.

Tennis Plus Facility: The entry/lobby space was gutted and reconfigured to make it more welcoming and to allow for better traffic flow into the building. Stairs were relocated to the kitchen so they would be out of the public space, and the lobby was completed with upgraded finishes. We also rebuilt two offices, an IT room, a nursery and two single stall restrooms.

Bock Neighborhood Center: This portion of the project involved gutting the main entry/lobby, classrooms, and offices to reconfigure and update the space so that it was more modern and functional. The new layout included a renovated lobby, three offices and two classrooms. All finishes, casework and flooring were upgraded and a new vestibule was built as part of the new entry. The mechanical system and lighting were also upgraded to make the systems more efficient.

Client: Schaumburg Park District
Value: $1,710,000
Size: 4,000 sf
Delivery Method: Design/Bid/Build