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  • StatusCompleted 2018
  • ArchitectPerkins & Will


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Northwestern University – Walter Athletics Center Football Training Facility

Evanston, IL

In August 2018, Northwestern University celebrated the grand opening of Ryan Fieldhouse and the Walter Athletics Center. The new hub for daily student-athlete experience is a state-of-the-art development center with breathtaking views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline.
The Ryan Fieldhouse is a large indoor multi-purpose facility which provides room for major events, such as the university’s annual new student convocation; indoor practice and competition venue for intercollegiate sports and seating for 2,500; space for recreation, club sports, and intramurals; and an outdoor practice field for varsity sports, club sports, and intramurals.
The Walter Athletics Center includes headquarters for Northwestern football, including coaches’ offices, meeting rooms and locker rooms, a football strength and conditioning center including spas and plunge pools, offices for coaches of numerous varsity teams, nutrition center and dining facility, and academic and professional development support offices.
Aquatic amenities include:

Two spas for the varsity football locker room:
• 201 sq. ft. warm water spa with underwater bench seating and hydrotherapy jets for 20 athletes
• 100 sq. ft. cold water recovery spa with underwater bench seating

Sports medicine rehabilitation and assessment area:
• 325 sq. ft. cold water recovery pool with four different water depth levels
• 63 sq. ft. warm water recovery pool with underwater bench seating
• Hydroworx 2000 pool with variable speed resistance jets and a moveable floor
• Hydroworx 3500 pool with variable speed resistance jets, two underwater treadmills, and shallow water resistance strengthening

Football coach’s locker room:
• Hydroworx 750 spa capable of warm water or cold water recovery with underwater benches and resistance jets