Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago Rusu-McCartin Club

Project Description

The new Rusu-McCartin Club is the first new construction Boys and Girls Club in nearly 50 years and will anchor the Joint Public Safety Campus in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side of Chicago. The 3-story building provides facilities for local youth to engage in a broad offering of programs that promote leadership development, academic success, and healthy lifestyles. The building activates Chicago Avenue with large expanses of glass to showcase the various creative programming across three stepped floors. The front of the building is angled to create a landscaped east to west pathway across the campus and reveal skyline views from the entry and public plaza. On top of the double height gymnasium sits an outdoor deck adjacent to a growing meadow and a large flexible classroom space. The exterior skin of the building is comprised of a variable pattern of three metal profiles with metallic paint finishes to capture sun and shadows throughout the day.

Photos ©Tom Harris unless noted ©Latent.

Project Details

Date
2023
Location
Chicago, IL
Area
28,000 SF
Typology
Cultural
LEED Certification
Silver | New Construction V4
Client
Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago
Budget
$15.5 million

Partners

General Contractor - BEAR Construction, Civil - Engage Civil, INC, Landscape Architecture - Omni Ecosystems, LLC, Structural - Rockey Structures, MEP - C.C. Johnson Malhotra, PC, Code - MAP Strategies, LLC, Interior - Maude Group, LEED - Rivion, Façade Consultant - Inspec, Facade Contractor - G&L, IT Partner - NPCE Technology Solutions

Awards

  • CISCO 2023 Pride Award New Construction Chicago/Suburbs under $20M

Project Gallery

THE ROOF DECK WINDOW TO CHICAGO SKYLINE DEFINES A SAFE INSPIRING OUTDOOR SPACE
THE EVERCHANGING METALLIC COATED FACADE LATE IN THE DAY REVEALS THE BACKLIT SCREENWALL STRUCTURE
CUBBIES LINE THE PORTAL TO THE GYM ©Latent
  1. 1 Masterplan

    JPSTC PH-1A Masterplan

  2. 2 Massing Study

    Define the corner

  3. 3 Artistic Opportunities

    Varying façade patterns and artistic intervention

  4. 4 Screenwall Structure

    Sketching Through Details

  5. 5 First Floor Plan

    Entry Sequence to Cubbies + Gym, Game Room, Teaching Kitchen + Dining

  6. 6 Second Floor Plan

    Art Room, Makerspace, Technology Lab, Ideas Gallery

  7. 7 Third Floor Plan

    Academic Center, Teen Center, Learning Center + Green Roof Deck

  8. 8 Facade Systems

    EW Facade Roof

  9. 9 Facade Systems

    EW Facade Base

  10. 10 Facade Systems

    N Facade Roof

  11. 11 Facade Systems

    N Facade Base

  12. 12 Facade Systems

    Gym Facade

ROOF DECK FACING THE CHICAGO SKYLINE
SCREENING THE MECHANICAL ELEMENTS
BOB FAUST COMMUNITY ENGAGED ARTWORK ANCHORS THE MAIN PLAZA
It just felt good to be able to hear that my community is also being thought about … and that I’m able to speak and put my opinion in on what’s happening in my community.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago Member

AUSTIN'S RE-ESTABLISHED CONNECTION TO DOWNTOWN
SKYLIT STAIR
STAIR UP TO THE ROOF DECK ©Latent
MULTI-USE GYM CONNECTS TO THE SHARED PLAZA WITH THE JPSTC
CHICAGO AVE. ENTRY FRONTS THE SHARED PLAZA
DINING ROOM CONNECTS TO THE TEACHING KITCHEN
SKYLIT STAIRS LEAD TO THE GREEN ROOF ©Latent
WELCOME CENTER LEADS TO THE GAME ROOM BEYOND
POST TENSIONED BEAMS SPAN THE GYM
TEEN CENTER VISUALLY CONNECTED TO THE CORRIDOR
THE EXPOSED CONCRETE CORE + AND POLISHED CONCRETE FLOORS PROVIDE DURABLE + ELEGANT SUSTAINABLE FINISHES ©Latent
EXPOSED CONCRETE WALLS + POLISHED FLOORS RECIEVE POPS OF COLOR IN THE BATHROOMS ©Latent
NATURAL FINISHES IN THE CHANGING ROOMS ©Latent
PORTAL AT DINNING ROOM ENTRANCE ©Latent
BLENDED BGCC COLORS CHANGE BY FLOOR WITH FINISH + FURNITURE SELECTIONS ©Latent
PERFORATED SCREENWALL COMPLETES THE BUILDING GEOMETRY + SCREENS VIEW TO JPSTC CAMPUS OUTDOOR TRAINING FACILITIES