We’re bringing people together—one campus at a time. Barton Malow, together with JV partner Walsh, has been selected by Northwestern University to construct a new lakefront facility that will serve as a training and recreation venue at the University’s main Evanston campus.

The new building, which will clock in at 427,000 square-feet, is designed to create new bridges of communication in the Northwestern community. The facility will provide student-athletes with state-of-the-art facilities and resources, as well as promote interaction between Northwestern Athletics and other members of the academic university.

The Ryan Fieldhouse and Walter Athletics Center [RFWAC] will feature indoor practice, competition and recreation venues, an auditorium, sports medicine center and nutrition center, in addition to designated training spaces for Division 1 and intramural sports.

On top of capacity for football practice, the facility will also host lacrosse. This consolidation of athletic facilities on the main campus allows for direct adjacencies of the Sports Performance Facilities for Football and Olympic Sports, a new sports medicine and athletic training center and a student-athlete training table.

What about storage? How about a place to avoid the rain? The Fieldhouse will have that covered. The facility will include locker rooms for multiple Wildcats varsity programs. Furthermore, Wilson Field, a full-sized indoor athletic field, will enable Northwestern’s student-athletes to practice and/or compete indoors during inclement weather.

The Walter Athletics Center will house a football strength and conditioning center, complete with meeting rooms and a sports performance center, offices for coaches of numerous varsity teams, a nutrition center and dining facility. The new complex will provide opportunities to showcase Chicago’s Big Ten Teams with the backdrop of Lake Michigan’s waves and the Chicago skyline. In addition to a great view, these new facilities will allow Northwestern University to recruit and retain the top student-athletes in the country.

Todd Ketola

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