Lakefront Atletics Complex

Project Status

Construction start: TBD
Completion: TBD


The New Lakefront Athletic Complex creates an unmatched environment for Northwestern Wildcats to flourish. Nestled into the main campus in one of the most unique settings, athletes will have the ability to both train and compete at the highest level.

The Ryan Indoor Fieldhouse will provide one of the most versatile practice, competition, and recreation venues in the nation. The new Fieldhouse will have the capacity for not only football practice, but also lacrosse and soccer competition in its largest configuration. The consolidation of athletic facilities on the main campus allows for direct adjacencies of new the Sports Performance Facilities for Football and Olympic Sports, a new Sports Medicine and Athletic Training Center, and a student athlete Training Table.

Not only will the new facility offer first class training, but also a compliment of spaces including Locker Rooms, Lounges, Team Meeting Rooms and Academic Services. Integration of these critical components into one facility will streamline the day-to-day flow for a student athlete and allow continued success on and off the field.

The Natatorium will see significant improvements: the addition of a dedicated Diving Well, Varsity locker rooms, and support spaces critical to training and competition. This will allow the Swimming & Diving programs to stay at the forefront of collegiate athletics as well as expanding recreation opportunities. Additional seating will be provided with expansion capability large enough to host NCCA meets and the Big 10 Championship.

Adjacent to the new facility, the outdoor venues will receive many improvements. The Martin Soccer and Lacrosse Stadium will boast upgraded seating options with improved sight lines. Soccer, Lacrosse and Field Hockey will all see improvements to field surfaces, lighting and team support facilities. The Lakeside Fields Complex will now have easy access to restrooms, concessions and on-site ticketing.

The new complex will provide amazing opportunities to showcase Chicago’s BIG 10 Teams with views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline out of the hospitality areas. Large and small event spaces will be highly sought after for hosting University and community events. These new facilities will allow Northwestern University to recruit the top student athletes in the country.


Project Management:
Ron Nayler, Associate Vice President for Facilities Management
Bonnie Humphrey, Director Facilities Management Design & Construction
Kory Burton, Project Manager

Architect, Engineers & Consultants:

Architect: Perkins+Will, 330 North Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
Contractor: TBD
Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, and Fire Protection Engineer: Affiliated Engineers, Inc., 10 S. LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL 60603
Structural Engineer: Halvorson and Partners, 600 W. Chicago, IL 60610
Sports Consultant: 360 Architect, 300 West 22nd Street, Kansas City, MO 64108
Civil, Waterfront, Permitting, Ecology Engineer: SmithGroup JJR, 35 East Wacker, Suite 2200, Chicago, IL 60601
Landscape Architect including Irrigation Engineer: SmithGroupJJR, 35 East Wacker, Suite 2200, Chicago, IL 60601
Cost Estimator: The Concord Group, 161 N. Clark Street, Suite 2050, Chicago, IL 60601
Kitchen Consultant: S20 Consultants Inc., 452 W. James Way, Cary, IL 60013
Sports Lighting Electrical Engineer: TBD
Telecommunications & Data Engineer: Affiliated Engineers, Inc., 10 S. LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL 60603
Audio-Visual Design Engineer: TBD

Contact Information

All questions or complaints should be directed to:

Kory Burton, Project Manager
Facilities Management Design & Construction
2020 Ridge Avenue
Evanston, IL 60208
Phone: 847-491-3677
Fax: 847-491-3869