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Rolling Knolls

Year: 2015

Client: Forest Preserve District of Cook County

Location:  Elgin, Illinois

LEED Certification:  LEED-NC Gold (Target)

Farr Associates, along with Conservation Design Forum, is working with the Forest Preserve District of Cook County to master plan the redevelopment of a former private golf course into a new forest preserve site to include fresh, publicly-accessible outdoor programming (disc golf, archery, sledding, nature trails, etc).   As part of this masterplan, the former golf course clubhouse and restaurant will be converted into a new welcoming and way-finding center for the site.  Due to existing structural conditions, the existing clubhouse will be partially demolished and partially renovated.   The portion of the building to remain will house new public restrooms, a multi-use space, as well as new high-performance MEP equipment for the entire building.  A new addition will be added to the remaining portion of the building for additional multi-use programming for educational and social events.  In addition, the adjacent parking lot will be demolished, re-graded, and replaced with a much smaller parking footprint and ‘decompression zone’ access path leading to the building, aiding in stormwater volume and detention and connecting visitors with nature.  Finally, the project will take advantage of ICECF grant funding to install geothermal and PV systems on-site to serve as a demonstration for future Forest Preserve District projects, with a goal of achieving LEED Gold certification.

The building is currently under construction, to be completed by fall 2015.