Harper College Health and Recreation Center opens through partnership with Palatine Park District and Northwest Community Healthcare

Mortenson led the $41 million modernization of the Foglia Foundation Heath and Recreation Center at Harper College. The project included constructing a two-story, 10,000 square-foot addition to the 130,000 square-foot building, which has upgraded the space for Harper athletes, students, faculty, staff, and the local community. By stripping the interior to the studs, Mortenson converted underused spaces into fitness and exercise rooms, six classrooms, and team training and competition areas, including a new dedicated wrestling room and sports medicine facilities with a hydrotherapy bath. Improvements include:

  • Installing an elevated running and walking track, plus new lighting, scoreboards, remote-controlled curtains to separate courts, and bleachers in the gym 
  • Updating the pool and swimming area with new tile, decks, filtration system, lights and bleachers for attendees of water polo events and a nearby classroom for lifeguard training and another room for pool birthday parties
  • Expanding and remodeling locker rooms for athletes, visiting teams, coaches, and the public
  • Renovating offices for the athletic department and staff
  • Adding a lower-level entrance/exit for athletes to nearby playing fields

“This state-of-the-art health and recreation center, in partnership with the Palatine Park District and Northwest Community Healthcare, provides an invaluable resource for Harper College and its surrounding community. It’s an innovative collaboration that promotes health and wellness for all ages, interests, and ability levels,” said Andy Stapleton, Mortenson General Manager.

Excerpt from Harper College article

The reimagined, state-of-the art Foglia Foundation Health and Recreation Center at Harper College has opened its doors after an extensive renovation, setting the new standard for organizations partnering to pool resources to better serve the community.

Harper, Palatine Park District and Northwest Community Healthcare came together to reinvent the nearly 40-year-old building as a one-of-a-kind center promoting a holistic culture of wellness through a new model of academic, athletic and recreational opportunities and health services.

“What was once called the ‘loneliest building on campus’ is now a tremendous asset to the entire community,” said Dr. Ken Ender, President of Harper College. “By maximizing increasingly scarce public resources and leveraging the specialized expertise of each partner, everyone benefits.” 

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