Lake Forest College Sports & Recreation Center

Lake Forest, Illinois

Originally constructed in 1968, Lake Forest’s Sports Center was home the college’s varsity athletic teams. But when Lake Forest wanted to expand their facility to accommodate club sports, intramurals and general recreation as well as varsity teams, they looked to Pepper to make it happen. The addition includes a basement-level weight room, batting cage, dance studio, locker rooms, running track, cardio suite, offices and a café. The original 1,200-seat gymnasium remains, but a hardwood floor court, synthetic floor court and a turf floor court were added to be used for volleyball, soccer or basketball. The new building — accessible to all students, faculty and staff — is a testament to Lake Forest’s commitment to full-body wellness for the entire community.

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Owner: Lake Forest College
Architect: Solomon Cordwell Buenz