McShane Construction completes Ellis Park Arts and Recreation Center

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A new 32,000 sq. ft., two-story Arts and Recreation Center at Ellis Park has opened in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighbourhood.

The project results from the coordination of “numerous public and private partners including the City of Chicago, Chicago Housing Authority, Chicago Park District and Chicago Public Schools,” says contractor McShane Construction Company, which built the structure on behalf of The Community Builders, Inc. – a nonprofit developer of mixed income housing and commercial real estate – and Quad Communities Development Corporation (QCDC).

The building was constructed of precast concrete and metal framing with a mix of precast and GFRC (glass fiber reinforced concrete) wall panels.

As part of the assignment, McShane Construction completed the relocation of a city sewer as well as the associated sitework for the project including landscaping, sidewalks and a parking lot utilizing permeable pavers.

“McShane Construction is proud to deliver this long-awaited recreational facility to the residents of Bronzeville,” said McShane president Jeffrey A. Raday. “The significance and necessity of this undertaking was recognized by our project team from the onset, and we ensured that the highest level of quality was implemented throughout construction in order to provide a finished facility that leverages the need for recreational, arts and community space within this urban neighborhood in close proximity to several schools.”

Booth Hansen served as design architect while NIA Architects, Inc. was the architect of record for this assignment.


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