North Central College Residence Hall and Recreation Center, Naperville, IL
Resource Stewardship in Use: thermal mass and radiant heating
Awards and certifications
This 201,440 ft2 (18,710 m2) structure is a unique combination of residential, recreational, and sustainable concepts in a single structure. A 265-bed student dormitory wraps around the central 58,780 ft2 (5460 m2) athletic arena. The arena includes a 660 ft (200 m) running track, numerous multipurpose courts, an elevated walking track, offices, fitness facilities, and training facilities.
Sustainable concrete features
The building has over 1300 precast concrete panels for the arena walls and the dorm walls, floors, and stairs. The locally-produced precast panels reduced material waste on site while facilitating rapid on-site construction. The wall panels include cast-in aesthetic detailing to give the building a brick and block façade to match the existing campus architecture. The building uses concrete thermal mass to great advantage. The precast floor panels include radiant heating supplied from a geothermal system. Concrete pavers and retaining wall units are also used outside the building.
Photos courtesy of Dukane Precast, Inc.