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)

Request For Proposal - Public Art

A call for public artists has been issued for the new Robert Crown Community Center. Entry deadline is October 12, 2018. For more information about the artwork goals, budget, eligibility and applications please see the Request for Proposal.

Informational Events/Meetings

A Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new Robert Crown Community Center, Ice Complex & Library was held on Friday, July 13 at 4:00 p.m. at 1701 Main Street. 

The City of Evanston construction manager, Bulley & Andrews  and BOWA Construction, hosted a  Job Fair on Thursday, July 26 from 4-8 p.m. in the Morton Civic Center at 2100 Ridge Ave. in the Parasol Room to solicit participation from union trade Evanston residents interested in working on this project as part of the City's Local Employment Program. 

The City of Evanston and Bulley & Andrews hosted a Vendor Fair for Evanston vendors and trade contractors interested in participating in this project.  

Neighborhood Meetings 

A Community Meeting will be held on Friday, December 21 at 7:30 a.m. at 1801 Main Street, Evanston IL (construction trailer) to discuss progress, a forecast of upcoming work, construction traffic, and your questions. 

The City hosted Neighborhood Meetings (staff and consultants from Woodhouse Tinucci Architects were present) at the Robert Crown Community Center on: March 21, 2017 to gather initial input for the planned replacement of the Center; June 1, 2017 to discuss the preliminary design ideas and next steps; August 3, 2017 to discuss the refined schematic design and next steps; and July 11, 2018 to discuss final design review, construction phasing, project schedule, and neighborhood updates. Monthly meetings are also being held as noted above.

Presentation from the 7/11/18 Neighborhood Meeting

Presentation from the 8/3/17 Neighborhood Meeting

Presentation from the 6/1/17 Neighborhood Meeting

Presentation from the 3/21/17 Neighborhood Meeting

Meeting notes from the 3/21/17 Neighborhood Meeting


Stakeholders Meetings

Robert Crown Stakeholders were invited to attend a meeting on Thursday, March 2 at the Morton Civic Center.  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.  A second stakeholder meeting took place on Thursday, May 18 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Morton Civic Center. 

Architects Presentation at 5/18/17 Stakeholder Meeting

Architects Presentation at 3/2/17 Stakeholder Meeting 

Architect Stakeholder Workshop Notes

Stakeholder meeting - photo

Robert Crown Community Center, Ice Complex and Library
Funding Status 

The Friends of the Robert Crown Center, a volunteer-led nonprofit organization, working with the professional consulting group CCS Fundraising, will be responsible for the 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.

 Friends of the Robert Crown Center announced on October 30, 2017 that it met its initial fundraising goal of $10 million and has set a Phase II goal of adding $5 million more in private donations, bringing the new goal to $15 million. The release also noted: "The $40 million project includes a 5,000+ square foot library where Northwestern students and other programs can tutor and mentor neighborhood kids while expanding Internet access to families who don’t have it at home. In addition, the new Robert Crown Center will upgrade and expand the pre-school, which serves over 100 Evanston families and will allow dozens more children to get quality, affordable child care close to home. 
Donations range from Northwestern University’s  $1 million programming partnership agreement to a Second Chance Resale Event staged by childcare families that raised $2,607 from the sale of gently used children’s clothing. The campaign has successfully solicited more than 400 gifts from 325 families, businesses, foundations and organizations, including selling more than 140 personalized bricks at $500 each."

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. Crown Funding PresentationSchematic 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: 

Fall 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