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CONSERVATION
Environmental stewardship was at the
forefront of the Techny Prairie Activity Center
construction project.
Sustainable Construction Decisions
A natural solution for the Northbrook Park District
By Joan Scovic
I
26 Parks & Recreation |
t is not often that park and recreation agencies bring two multimilliondollar
capital projects to fruition in the same decade, let alone the
same year.
The Northbrook Park District, located in Northbrook, Illinois, experienced
this perfect storm in 2021 with the construction of Techny Prairie
Activity Center, as well as course renovations and a new clubhouse at
Heritage Oaks Golf Club.
Through
2016,
a Comprehensive
Master Plan process conducted
in
several priorities
for
investment were identified based
on community input, inventory and
analysis comparisons to state and
national standards, demographics
and financial capabilities. This
process
launched an initiative
called New Places to Play.
Both
projects were
designed
using sustainable practices,
upholding the park district's
overall mission to enhance
the community by providing
outstanding services, parks and
facilities through environmental,
social and financial stewardship.
Techny Prairie
Activity Center
Techny
Prairie
the
public
in
This
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cated in Techny Prairie Park and
Fields, offers sweeping views of
the
surrounding
prairie.
Users
are immersed in nature and open
space while experiencing a futureforward
highly efficient
facility.
Activity
Center
(TPAC), a 44,200-square-foot
net zero energy building, opened
to
January 2021.
state-of-the-art facility, loTPAC
offers a fitness floor with
cardio and strength training equipment,
group fitness studios, an indoor
track, a gymnasium, a multipurpose
room and office space.
Environmental stewardship was
at the forefront of this project from
its inception. This six-acre property,
acquired in 2011, required
extensive remediation efforts to remove
pollutants. The site's former
factory was demolished, and bricks
and metal elements were dismantled
and recycled. Following these
efforts, the park district received
PHOTOS COURTESY OF NORTHBROOK PARK DISTRICT

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