Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center

Chicago, Illinois

When Mrs. Joan Kroc, widow of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc, passed away, she left $1.5 billion to The Salvation Army. The money was designated to build a series of Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers nationwide.

The Chicago center, like the other community centers, contains diverse environments – an aquatic center, sports training facilities, a gymnasium, classrooms, offices, and a 600-seat auditorium. Preliminary energy modeling analysis looked at the building’s massing and orientation to quantify various opportunities for solar energy options. In order to maximize solar visible light and minimize thermal losses, we coordinated with the architectural and construction team on a building envelope that accommodates project energy performance goals and a glazing and lighting control system. To meet the building’s large space and water heating demands for the pool, showers, and locker rooms, efficient HVAC systems were designed with various heat recovery components. These include heat recovery from the pool dehumidification process as the first source of heat for the pool water.

A top priority for the Salvation Army was a reliable, web-enabled Building Automation System (BAS) that was practical to operate. The resulting BAS facilitates remote monitoring and operation and is configurable to serve users of varying experience levels. It features alarms and alerts that are sent directly to the chief engineer’s email and allows for review and adjustment of any parameter from any remote location.

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