Robert Crown Community Center, Ice Complex and Library Project

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Our Community, Our Future

Built in 1974 with a generous and visionary donation from the Crown family, the Robert Crown Center has long served as an important social and recreational hub for the City of Evanston. The Center offers a valuable venue for hockey, figure skating, soccer, football, lacrosse, dancing, summer camps, pre-school and many other community programs. Now this vital shared resource is showing severe wear with a number of civil, structural, architectural and mechanical issues, and no longer adequately meets the growing needs of the surrounding community. To continue to provide innovative programs and services in a safe, modern environment the facilities must be re-envisioned.

For information on this project during construction, please visit Bulley & Andrews Robert Crown Community Center, Ice Complex and Library website.

  USE 05_Exterior Corner

USE 01_Lobby Rendering

 (Images from Woodhouse Tinucci  Architects)

Meetings and Informational Events

Monthly community meetings are held the last Friday of the month at the construction trailer at Robert Crown Community Center at 7:30 a.m.

 Date  Type of Meeting  Discussion/Action
 3/29/19  Community Meeting  To discuss progress, forecast of upcoming work, construction traffic
 3/18/19 City Council Meeting   To discuss progress, update on funding - Presentation
 3/1/19 Community Meeting  To discuss progress, forecast of upcoming work, construction traffic
 2/13/19  Community Meeting  To discuss progress, upcoming work, construction - Presentation
 1/25/19  Neighborhood Meeting  To discuss progress, a forecast of upcoming work, construction traffic - Presentation
 1/15/19  Art's Council  Discussion of RFP for Public Art Installation
 7/26/18 at 4:00 p.m.  Job Fair   Hosted by construction manager, Bulley & Andrews
 7/24/18  City Manager's Report  Memo detailing evolution of Robert Crown Project Costs
 7/13/18 at 4:00 p.m. Groundbreaking Ceremony To solicit participation from union trade Evanston residents interested in working on this project as part of the City's Local Employment Program. 
 7/11/18  Neighborhood Meeting

 Discuss final design review, construction phasing, project schedule and neighborhood updates - Presentation 

 7/9/18  City Council

 Consulting contract amendment with Woodhouse Tinucci
 Construction Manager Services to Bulley & Andrews
Approval of 2018A Bond Issue for Crown Center Construction
 Agenda - Packet - Minutes

 6/25/18  City Council    Introduction of 2018A Bond Issue for Crown Center Construction - Presentation - Packet
 5/21/18  City Council  Project Update - Presentation
 5/1/18 at 3:00 p.m.  Vendor Fair hosted by City of Evanston and Bulley & Andrews Evanston vendors and trade contractors interested in participating in this project.  
 4/9/18  City Council  Zoning Relief for new Center (For Action)
 3/12/18  City Council  Zoning Relief for new Center (For Introduction)
 2/26/18  City Council  Award Construction Manager Services - City Council Meeting Packet
 2/19/18  City Council  Update on Funding to Council - Presentation
 9/25/17  City Council  Project Update - Presentation
 8/14/17  City Council  Project Update - Presentation
 8/3/17  Neighborhood Meeting  Discuss the refined schematic design and next steps - Presentation 
 7/24/17  City Council  Creation of Robert Crown Maintenance Fund
 6/26/17  City Council  Robert Crown Fundraising Consultant Extension
 6/1/17  Neighborhood Meeting  Preliminary design ideas and next steps - Presentation 
 5/18/17  Stakeholders Meeting  Architects Presentation at 5/18/17 Stakeholder meeting
 3/21/17  Neighborhood Meeting  Staff and consultants from Woodhouse Tinucci Architects - gather initial input for the planned replacement of the Center - Presentation  - Meeting Notes
 3/2/17  Stakeholders Meeting  A schedule of the meeting was: Indoor Athletics from 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.; Outdoor Athletics from 10 a.m. - noon; Education from noon - 2 p.m.; Library from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.; and Community Interests from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.-  Architects Presentation; Architect Stakeholder Workshop Notes
 2/27/17  City Council  Robert Crown Fundraising Consultant Extension
 1/23/17  City Council  Architect Services Award
 12/12/16  City Council  Update to Council;   Architect RFQ
 8/15/16  City Council  RFQ for Architectural Services
 6/13/16  City Council  Infrastructure Funding
 1/19/16  City Council  Fundraising Consulting Services Award
 10/17/11  City Council

 Request for Proposal - Design, Build, Finance and Operate - approved 9-0; HVS Feasibility Study


Funding Status

The City will be funding the $53 million project through a combination of General Obligation Bonds, existing fund balance transfers, and capital gifts through the Friends of Robert Crown Center Fundraising. The funding plan for the project can be found here: Crown Project Funding Plan. A projected debt service schedule for bonds issued on the project can be found here: Crown Debt Service Projection. Detail on how the costs for the project have evolved over time can be found here

Friends of the Robert Crown Center:

The Friends of the Robert Crown Center is a volunteer-led nonprofit organization that is pursuing fundraising of the new Robert Crown Community Center, Ice Complex and Library .  This landmark initiative has received overwhelming early support from area families and institutions, securing millions in generous gifts and pledges! The campaign will continue reaching out to the entire community - including neighbors, community service groups, athletic teams, educational organizations, and all of the families and businesses with a stake in preserving and strengthening this vital shared resource.

How to Donate or Stay Updated 

If you are interested in volunteering or making a gift, please contact the campaign office today.
Friends of the Robert Crown Center
PO Box 8064
Evanston, IL 60204-8064
(847) 448-8113

If you have questions about the Project, please contact:
Stefanie Levine
Senior Project Manager
City of Evanston
2100 Ridge Avenue
(847) 448-8043

Submit your questions or comments pertaining to this project to the Public Works Agency.

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Anticipated Project Timeline

(as of June, 2018)

Construction Management Services: City Council approved release of Request for Proposal for Construction Management Services, and approved Schematic Design in September 2017. Schematic Design Presentation. Bulley & Andrews were approved by City Council on February 26, 2018. Robert Crown Construction Manager; Contractor Services Agreement with Bulley & Andrews: Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5

Spring/Summer 2018:

Design Development: In Progress - to be wrapped up by Summer 2018

Construction Documents: Will be completed prior to start of construction, Summer 2018

Summer 2018: 

Late 2019:

Potential Robert Crown Community Center, Ice Complex and Library Center at a Glance 

  • Completely New Facility and Park
  • Two full ice sheets
  • Library Branch and Technology Center
  • Gymnasium
  • Turf Athletic Fields
  • Indoor Running Track
  • Multipurpose Rooms
  • Expanded Locker Rooms
  • Common Gathering Area
  • Reading Garden
  • Educational and Cultural Program Spaces

Learn about the history of the Robert Crown Community Center

User Agreements

20-R-19 Memorandum of Understanding FRCC and Crown Family

Naming Rights Agreement - Wintrust

Naming Rights Agreement - Valli Produce