Though the scope is limited to being an interior build out, this new Equinox health club has the size, budget and complexity of a large building. The project is part of the Lincoln Common residential, retail, and office development on the old Children’s Memorial Hospital site. The design of the club overlapped with construction on the base building. This called for close coordination between the client, our design team, and the land lord’s base building team.
The design itself is a two level, high finish space accommodating programs including retail, food service, offices, exercise areas, locker rooms, a regulation length lap pool, and back of house support spaces. Woven through this are mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems designed and configured to not detract from the finished spaces. In addition, most of the exercise areas will be built on acoustically isolated floating concrete slabs to prevent impact noise from traveling to adjacent retail spaces and the attached residential tower.
As team lead for the project, I’m responsible for managing the schedule, work load distribution, and project financials, including setting the original proposal fee and pricing subsequent change orders. I also act as primary contact for the client and all consultants. I’m the technical architect for the project, guiding and advising our team of architects.
Project Information and Credits:
Firm: Zimmerman Weintraub Associates
ZWA Project Team: Richard Avery, Team Lead & Technical Architect; Beth Leabru, Club Project Architect; Margaret Sigwalt, Pre-sale Office Project Architect; David Rodeman, Bryan Bietsch, Erinn Lyons
Location: Chicago, IL
Scope: New athletic club build-out
Services: Architectural design, AOR services
Size: 33,000 sf
Budget: Approx. $15.5 m for all construction & FF&E
Interior Designer: Meyer Davis
Structural Engineer: McLaren Engineering Group
MEP Engineer: Henderson Engineering
Acoustical Consultant: SIA Acoustics
Lighting Designer: Lighting Workshop
Specifications Consultant: ArchiTech Consulting
Photos: Equinox, ZWA, Richard Avery
Project Duration: 18 months, start of design to opening (projected)