Ridgewood High School, Gymnasium Addition

Norridge, Illinois

The concept of an active and engaged life was a central theme of the program for the LEED-registered Ridgewood High School gymnasium addition. The design team met this challenge by creating a space that is about connecting student life with fitness and demonstrating visually that life needn’t be compartmentalized.

Upon ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,800COST PER SQ FT$242.73FEATURED IN2010 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSports Stadiums/Athletic Facilities the gym, one’s eyes are drawn up to the highly reflective ceiling, punctuated by colorful and dynamic truss-style light fixtures. Adding to the rhythm of visual activity is a running track suspended from the joist structure above. The track itself opens to a cardio-fitness area featuring a curtainwall that draws natural light deep into the space and connects the interior fitness areas to the synthetic-turf football field and outdoor running track.

Situated above the fitness area is a vegetated green roof designed to serve as an outdoor eco-classroom; reduce noise and vibration from the large, nearby airport; absorb rainfall, which reduces detention requirements; lessen the heat-island effect; and diminish deflection and vibration from the running track.