Northern Illinois University, Kenneth and Ellen Chessick Practice Center

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project at a glance

The 93,000 square foot Chessick Practice Center's includes an artificial turf field with full NCAA football playing field dimensions and a four-lane sprint track, as well as batting cages, a retractable center net to allow for multi-sport use, a long jump pit, 120 yards of hitting space for golfers, and field goal and wall protection nets.

The center’s comfort features include a white roof for cooling and reduction of “heat island” effect, direct/indirect energy-efficient lighting guided by sensors that progressively turn off fixtures according to natural light availability, and an innovative ventilation system that moves air at the play level using natural convection and prevailing winds, augmented as needed by high-volume fans.

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