On the river’s edge in Chicago’s Clark Park, lies the WMS Boathouse, a two-story 20,000-square-foot rowing, training and boat storage facility that is home to the Chicago Rowing Foundation and North Park University’s women’s rowing team.
Studio Gang Architect's dynamic design of the boathouse mirrors the motion of crew members rowing. The boathouse is a year-round training facility that includes a row tank and ergometer work out space, a community room and offices. The roof’s design features an alternating roof truss system with windows that capture the southern light into the building, provide sufficient ventilation and abundant daylight, while the high performance glazing on the glass warms the floor slab in the winter to minimize energy use. The project is targeting LEED Silver Certification. Guardian SunGuard SNX 62/27 was selected to deliver energy savings and abundant daylight while earning points towards LEED certification.