Ford Calumet Environmental Center / Valerio Dewalt Train


Ford Calumet Environmental Center/ Valerio Dewalt Train

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© Tom Harris+ 31

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9300 feet ².

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2021.

© Tom HarrisText description provided by the architects. When an ecological sanctuary dominated by wetlands, the Calumet Region was altered by more than a century of industrialization. With little to no environmental policies till 1970s, Big Marsh Park is the Chicago Park Districts largest improvement project– a natural landscape damaged by slag from nearby steel mills. But over the last few years, corrective efforts have intended to set the park on a new course where nature, culture, and industry can safely exist side-by-side. © Tom HarrisBig Marsh Park is now home to a 45-acre bike park and a series of walking tracks that offer eco-recreation opportunities in Chicagos Southeast Side. At the parks entrance, the Ford Calumet Environmental Center (FCEC) acts as both a center and an entrance– informing visitors about its previous and setting precedent for a new, sustainable future throughout the Calumet Region. © Tom HarrisThe 9,300-square-foot facility is developed for education and park services, including a permanent exhibition about the site and area, classroom areas, offices, a bike repair work area, washrooms, and storage spaces. The structures products strengthen its mission, with weathered steel cladding that remembers the websites commercial past, in contrast to exposed Nail Laminated Timber (NLT) which mentions an environmentally-responsive future. 2 large roof light monitors outfitted in wood cantilever over the entryway, flooding the interior double-height exhibit area with daytime. © Tom HarrisPlanUpon entry, visitors are presented to the Calumet Region and the story of Big Marsh Park through the exhibition. Steel frames display info on wood and acrylic panels beside encased taxidermy and custom wall murals. Recognizing that the structure would be used for a wide variety of occasions and activities, the interiors were designed with versatility in mind. All of the displays are set on casters so that they can be quickly wheeled to a storage space. On the opposite side, the classrooms have a retractable wall to open the space or divide. When park personnel was not on website, © Tom HarrisThe Chicago Parks District wanted the structure to communicate a sense of openness while likewise retaining the capability to be secured. In reaction, the center has 10-foot-square floor-to-ceiling windows facing the park that permit natural light deep into the area. Large operable hydraulic garage doors made from steel, hinge downwards to fit flush with the outside wall, covering windows to protect the facility when it is closed. The doors perforated metal screens protect the exposure of the interior. © Tom HarrisGiven the marshs value to migrating birds, it was essential that the style be bird-friendly. The hangar doors form a canopy over the fritted glass when raised, offering shade and ensuring that birds flying overhead do not see landscape reflected in the windows and fly into them by mistake. © Tom HarrisThe FCEC utilizes a built wastewater wetlands system– the very first in Chicago and one of the first in Illinois. Its style takes inspiration from the park itself utilizing the exact same processes which naturally happen in the marsh to produce clean water that is put back into the site by means of a leach field. The plants and other organisms in the system are utilized to filter the structures blackwater, rather of putting it into the Citys already overloaded drain system. © Tom HarrisThe Ford Calumet Environmental Center is a strong expression of a bigger initiative aiming toward the recovery of a landscape tarnished by industry. Through ecological education and eco-recreation, the center intends to cultivate advocacy for positive change across the Calumet Region. © Tom Harris.

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With little to no environmental guidelines up until 1970s, Big Marsh Park is the Chicago Park Districts biggest reclamation task– a natural landscape damaged by slag from close-by steel mills. © Tom HarrisBig Marsh Park is now home to a 45-acre bike park and a series of walking trails that provide eco-recreation chances in Chicagos Southeast Side. © Tom HarrisThe 9,300-square-foot facility is created for education and park services, featuring an irreversible display about the site and region, classroom spaces, workplaces, a bike repair location, toilets, and storage areas. © Tom HarrisPlanUpon entry, visitors are introduced to the Calumet Region and the story of Big Marsh Park through the exhibition. © Tom HarrisThe Chicago Parks District wanted the building to communicate a sense of openness while also retaining the capability to be protected when park staff was not on site.

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