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The new Robert Crown Community Center, Ice Complex and Library  will have two full sized ice rinks, a new branch of the Evanston Public Library, an indoor athletic space, an indoor running track, artificial turf fields, meeting rooms, multipurpose rooms, a childcare and education facility, camp programs, and so much more.  The new Center will be an indispensable part of the community offering programs that all Evanston residents can enjoy and appreciate.  

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Project Details

*Architect/Engineering Services for $53 million project awarded to Woodhouse Tinucci by Council January 2017
*Construction Management Services award to Bulley & Andrews February 2018
*Design Development: Summer 2018
*Construction: Summer 2018 - November 2019
*Opening: Building - late 2019; Fields - July 2020

 


Project Description

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.

To learn more about the history of the Robert Crown Community Center click here.

Construction Timeline
Flow Chart for Construction

 

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

Design Development: Summer 2018

Construction Documents: Summer 2018

 

 

Construction: Summer 2018 through Fall 2019

  • August 2018 - Site Cleared
  • November 2018 - Structure
  • December 2018 - Exterior Walls
  • March 2019 - Exterior Glazing
  • June 2019 - Perimeter Site Work
  • November 2019 - New Building 
  • December 2019 - Demolition
  • January 2020 - Demobilize Until Spring
  • March 2020 - Parking Lot Construction
  • March 2020 - Field Construction
  • May 2020 - Landscaping
  • July 2020 - Athletic Fields Complete

Opening: Building- late 2019 / Fields- July 2020

Finances

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 debt service schedule for bonds issued on the project can be found here: Crown Debt Service Projection (updated June 17, 2019 to reflect final 2019A bond numbers). Detail on how the costs for the project have evolved over time can be found here

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ROBERT CROWN PROJECT BOND INFORMATION  

 2019A Bond Details
  • $15 million project fund in 2019 (par amount not-to-exceed $18 million)
  • Capitalized interest through 12/1/19
  • 12/1/2043 final maturity to match 2018A series
  • Principal amortization begins 2022
  • No additional TEFRA authorization required; covered under prior (2018)
     Key Results  2019A
     Par  $12,750,000
     Total Interest Cost  $10,136,812.50
     Average Annual Debt Service  $935,109
     Total Debt Service  $22,886,812.50
     TIC  3.274429%
     Arbitrage Yield  2.487345%

2018 Robert Crown Debt Service 2019 Robert Crown Debt Service
Year Principal Interest Total Principal Interest* Total
2019 - 998,869 998,869 -  - 
2020 - 998,869 998,869 - 637,500 637,500
2021 - 998,869 998,869 - 637,500 637,500
2022 570,000 998,869 1,568,869 330,000 637,500  967,500 
2023 595,000 970,369 1,565,369 350,000 621,000  971,000 
2024 750,000 940,619 1,690,619 365,000 603,500  968,500 
2025 785,000 903,119 1,688,119 385,000 585,250  970,250 
2026 825,000 863,869 1,688,869 400,000 566,000  966,000 
2027 865,000 822,619 1,687,619 420,000 546,000  966,000 
2028 910,000 779,369 1,689,369  445,000 525,000  970,000 
2029 955,000 733,869 1,688,869  465,000 502,750  967,750 
2030 1,005,000 686,119 1,691,119 490,000 479,500  969,500 
2031 1,055,000 635,869 1,690,869 515,000  455,000  970,000 
2032 1,105,000 583,119 1,688,119 540,000 429,250  969,250 
2033 1,140,000 548,588 1,688,588 565,000 402,250  967,250 
2034 1,175,000 511,538 1,686,538 595,000 374,000  969,000 
2035 1,215,000 471,881 1,686,881 625,000 344,250 969,250 
2036 1,260,000 430,875 1,690,875 655,000 313,000  968,000 
2037 1,300,000 386,775 1,686,775 690,000 280,250  970,250 
2038 1,350,000 341,275 1,691,275  725,000 245,750  970,250 
2039 1,395,000 294,025 1,689,025 760,000 209,500  969,500 
2040 1,445,000 245,200 1,690,200 795,000 171,500  966,500 
2041 1,500,000 187,400 1,687,400 835,000 131,750  9966,750 
2042 1,560,000 127,400 1,687,400 880,000 90,000  970,000 
2043 1,625,000 65,000 1,690,000 920,000 46,000  966,000 
Total 24,385,000 15,524,369 39,909,369 12,750,000 9,834,000 22,584,000

 

Impact of the Project Debt Service on the City’s Property Tax 

Total Taxpayer Rate
9.054
City Portion of Rate
1.49
2017 Levy 2018 Levy 2019 Levy
Market Value of Assessed Value Equalized Value Estimated Projected Amount Projected Amount Market Value of Projected Amount
Property of Property of Property City Tax City Tax of Increase City Tax of Increase Property City Tax of Increase
$100,000 $10,000 $29,627 $441.44 $452.26 $10.82 $459.81 $7.55 $100,000 $470.62 $10.81
$200,000 $20,000 $59,254 $882.88 $904.52 $21.63 $919.62 $15.11 $200,000 $941.23 $21.61
$400,000 $40,000 $118,508 $1,765.77 $1,809.03 $43.26 $1,839.24 $30.21 $400,000 $1,882.46 $43.22
$600,000 $60,000 $177,762 $2,648.65 $2,713.55 $64.89 $2,758.86 $45.32 $600,000 $2,823.70 $64.83
$800,000 $80,000 $237,016 $3,531.54 $3,618.06 $86.52 $3,678.48 $60.42 $800,000 $3,764.93 $86.44
$1,000,000 $100,000 $296,270 $4,414.42 $4,522.58 $108.15 $4,598.10 $75.53 $1,000,000 $4,706.16 $108.06
2.45% 1.67% 2.35%
Total Taxpayer Rate City Tax City Tax City Tax
10% Market Equalizer 9.006 Percentage Percentage Percentage
City Portion of Rate Increase Increase Increase
0.1 2.9627 1.49 1.0245 1.0167 1.0235

 

M/W/EBE

MWEBE & LEP Reporting as of 4/8/19

Bulley & Andrews MWEBE Reporting Log_ as of 6/10/19

More information coming soon

Project Location
Project Photos

01_Lobby Rendering

02_Library Rendering

03_Gym Rendering

04_Rink Rendering

05_Exterior Corner

06_Exterior Entry

Floor Plans

Site Plan

Site Plan

06_Exterior Entry

Meeting/Legislative History

Meetings and Informational Events

Bi-monthly community meetings (May, July, September, November for 2019) 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
 6/14/19 Community Organization Meeting  To discuss the future uses of the Center with Community Organizations. Mtg to be held in the Civic Center, Parasol Room
 5/31/19 Community Meeting  To discuss upcoming construction activities and construction traffic
 5/20/19 Community Meeting  To update the community on the Center, with a focus on project costs and financing. Mtg to be held in the Civic Center, Council Chambers
 4/22/19 City Council  Adoption of Ordinance 27-O-19, 2019 A&B General Obligation Bond Issue
 4/8/19 City Council   Introduction of Ordinance 27-O-19, 2019 A&B General Obligation Bond Issue
 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 Arts 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

 

Friends of Robert Crown

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.

www.friendsofcrown.org

Memorandum of Understanding with Friends of Robert Crown

 

Friends of Robert Crown Center

Projected gifts to City - as of June 3, 2019

 Year  Amount  Purpose  Status
 2019  $5,000,000 Construction  Received by City May 12, 2019
 2020  $1,000,000  Construction  Collected by FRCC
 2021  $900,000  Debt Service  Pledged
 2022  $900,000  Debt Service  Pledged
 2023  $1,022,750  Debt Service  Pledged
 2024  $1,022,000  Debt Service  Pledged
 2025  $1,018,500  Debt Service  Pledged
 2026  $1,017,250  Debt Service  Pledged
 2027  $1,023,000  Debt Service  50% Pledged; 50% to be raised
 2028  $820,250  Debt Service  To be raised
 2029  $624,250  Debt Service  To be raised
 2030  $424,500  Debt Service  To be raised
 2031  $221,000  Debt Service  To be raised
 2032  $6,500  Debt Service  To be raised
 Total  $15,000,000    

 

 

Amenities

The new Robert Crown Community Center and surrounding park will feature:

  • Two full-sized ice rinks
  • A new branch of the Evanston Public Library
  • An indoor multi-sport athletic space
  • An indoor running track
  • Artificial turf fields for soccer, baseball, lacrosse, football, etc.
  • Meeting spaces and multipurpose community rooms
  • Redesigned locker rooms and other amenities
  • Daycare and camp facilities
  • Walking path
  • Many more vital services and usable spaces for Evanston families