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Ryan Walter Athletic Center

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Evanston, IL

Northwestern University

Barton Malow/Walsh (JV)

Perkins + Will

The 419,000 sq. ft. Ryan Fieldhouse and Walter Athletics Center includes a full-size NCAA football field, two sports performance facilities, three basketball courts, locker rooms and offices for the university athletic department. Design features include a horizontal, glass façade, a seawall that stretches across the beach along Lake Michigan, and a cantilevered second floor that extends over the seawall for a view of the Chicago skyline. CGI used extremely large unitized curtain walls with internal structural steel to achieve enormous spans. The project also called for customized, horizontal, metal shading louvres, designed to meet architectural intent, and provide tenant with shading requirements.