Zero Energy Rec Center Lands in Southwest Suburbs

It only makes sense that an organization dedicated to parks should try its hardest to be environmentally responsible. In southwest suburban Plainfield, the park district has opened a new Net Zero community building.

PARC (Courtesy of Wight & Company)
PARC (Courtesy of Wight & Company)

It’s called PARC, which stands for Prairie Activity and Recreation Center, and is located in a park: Gregory B. Bott Park. The facility sports an oversized gymnasium, a fitness center, a multi-purpose room, and a preschool with four classrooms. Chicago’s Wight & Company designed the building so that it can be expanded with an aquatics center.

PARC (Courtesy of Wight & Company)
PARC (Courtesy of Wight & Company)

Environmental terms seem to change every time a leaf falls, so it’s OK if you can’t tell your Carbon Trust from your QSAS. This building is Net Zero, which means that over the course of a year, the building creates more energy than it uses. That helps earn it Passive House Institute US PHIUS+ Source Zero certification.

Location: 24550 West Renwick Road, Plainfield


Author: Editor

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