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Recreation Center of Highland Park Renovation

Project Overview

Renovation of the Recreation Center of Highland Park is a Phase 1 project identified inreccenterclasses-25 the GreenPrint 2024 Master Plan.  The project includes relocation of the Group Exercise studio to the lower level, creation of  a new training studio for both personal and small group fitness training, reconfiguration the fitness desk and lobby area, and expansion of the fitness floor square footage.  The facility will remain open during construction with limited disruption to patrons.

The top priority identified in the Recreation Center of Highland Park annual fitness member survey for the past three years is the need for more space on the fitness floor as well as dedicated space for stretching.  You spoke and we listened. 

Click the links below to view large renderings of the planned renovations.

Upper Level Expanded Fitness Floor

Upper Level Personal Training Studio & Fitness Desk

Lower Level Group Exercise Studio

The renovation of the lower level will take place Mar-Apr 2017 and will include…

The renovation of the upper level will take place May-August 2017 and will include…

Budget: $900,000

Schedule (updated 5/17)

Design Development: Oct-Nov 2016
Construction Documents: Nov-Dec 2016
Bidding & Negotiation: Jan-Feb 2017
Lower Level Construction: Mar- June 2017
Upper Level Construction: April 17-Aug 2017
Estimated Grand Opening: September 2017

Project Team

Woodhouse Tinucci Architects (architecture)
Enspect Engineering (structural)
Anna Morton Engineering (MEP/EP)


7/26/17 Update

Recreation Center of Highland Park Renovation Final Phase

The renovation project is wrapping up in August and will require a number of facility schedule changes from Aug 21 – Sept 5. 

Mon, Aug 21 – Fri, Aug 25 Full Facility Closure

Sat, Aug 26  – Thur, Aug 31  Partial Facility Closure

Fri, Sept 1 – Sept 5

Thank you in advance for your patience as we finalize this exciting project for the community.  Please call 847-579-4554 for additional project updates.

7/11/17 Update

All group exercise classes have now been moved to the new lower level studio accommodating larger class sizes, a new variety of class options and expanded personal training opportunities.

This week, work on the Phase 2 –  upper level included removal of the temporary wall which wrapped around newly constructed offices. Overnight on June 26, demolition of the old group exercise studio was completed. 

6/27/17 Update

New state-of-the-art Group Exercise Studio opened for regular classes on Tuesday, June 27.  A special open house was held on Monday, June 26 for members to try out the new space. 

Phase 2 of the renovation also went into full swing on Tuesday. Upstairs demolition will take place at night throughout the week. Additional temporary walls will be erected to minimize disruption to members. 

5/4/17 Update

The lower level construction is progressing with:

Remaining work for Phase 1 includes installation of the new Queenax Fitness Equipment, new bamboo floor, acoustical ceiling tiles, lighting, sound system and painting. .

 Boller Construction began Phase 2 construction of the upper level on Monday, April 17. 

 Progress on Phase 2 includes:

Boller Construction began Phase 2 construction of the upper level on Monday, April 17.

New rooftop HVAC units will be installed over the next few weeks which will significantly improve heating, cooling and ventilation of the fitness floor, spin and yoga studios and new group exercise studio.  The project team anticipates that the project will be completed approximately 1-2 weeks later than previously scheduled, but still within the advertised timeframe of Early Fall, 2017.

Estimated remaining project schedule is as follows:

4/13/17 Update 

Only one month into our renovation project and construction crews are making significant progress on the new lower level Main Group Exercise Studio. 

On Monday, April 17 construction begins on the upper level!

How will this impact members?

Limited Lockers – are temporarily relocated by the upper level reception desk.  Additional lockers are available in the lower level locker room.

Temporary Walls – have been erected to minimize disruption to members during construction

Personal Training – office and stretching table are temporarily relocated to the lower level

The Recreation Center remains open during construction.  Once completed, the upper level will feature:

3/9/17 Update

 Construction began on Wednesday, March 8 on the new lower level Group Exercise Studio. Once completed, the new studio will be approximately 500 square feet larger that the current studio and will feature:

The Recreation Center remains open during construction. 


2/23/17 Update

Design development, construction documents and the bidding process were completed on  schedule.  The Park Board approved staff to enter into a contractual agreement with Boller Construction for the project at the February 21 meeting.  The anticipated start date is early March 2017.