Gewalt Hamilton Associates (GHA) was retained by Community School District 117 to assist in the conceptual planning, engineering, and construction oversite of their 63,000 SF field house adjacent to the north side of Lakes High School. The field house contains a 6-lane running track, basketball, tennis courts and volleyball courts, batting cages, second floor observation deck, bathrooms, coach’s rooms, and lockers. The site improvements included a relocated access drive, expanded parking, relocated utilities and stormwater management.

The conceptual planning for the building location was critical because of the excessive grade change and required access relocation with limited space to complete the improvements. The final design included rerouting all main sewer and water pipes around the proposed building while maintaining operation during construction. The existing detention pond was modified to meet the Watershed Development Ordinance.