The Korte Company was selected to renovate the aging Building 525 at the Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois. The projected includes at 24,000 square foot renovation and includes a new bowling center. The 20,315 square foot bowling center addition includes 28 bowling lanes and a state of the art sound system and lighting package. 

The existing building, built about 1966, was aging and in need of an upgrade to function properly  in today’s entertainment environment.  The outdated “Nitro” night club was divided into two functions: a 184 seat stadium theater with a new state of the art projector and sound system and a Multi-Purpose Room with a raised stage to host events such as concerts, dances and formal functions.  A bar and concession area provides refreshments to the theater and Multi-Purpose Room and also has direct circulation to the existing food preparation area for catered events.  The existing food court was enlarged and updated with an open plan incorporating a new order and pick-up counter, a sports bar and a gaming/billiards area. 

Restrooms have been redesigned to increase the number of plumbing fixtures as well as to bring the facility up to current codes and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA).  Structural upgrades have been provided to increase the building’s Anti-terrorism Force Protection.  A new ramp will be constructed in the Beer Garden for accessibility.  A new contemporary entry portal updates the existing 1960’s entry, and a new “Family Entry” will be constructed towards the west parking for convenience.

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Project Details
USGBC Certification
  • LEED Certified Silver
Markets
  • Department of Defense
  • Entertainment
Services
  • Design Services
  • Design-Build
Clients
  • Department of the Army - NAF Contracting
Architects
  • Korte Design, Inc.
Size
  • 45,700 square feet
Year
  • 2016
Location
  • North Chicago, IL
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