The WMS Boathouse at Clark Park

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Studio Gang Architects, the Chicago-based firm, designed this boathouse along the Chicago River. Opened in 2013, the 22,620-square-foot complex includes a stunning indoor rowing tank, which comes in handy when the seasons change and it’s too cold for outdoor practice.

By creating a key public access point along the river’s edge the requirement by this project was to improve the quality of the Chicago river, supporting its ecological and recreational revival. Black Locust Lumber,  provided Decking out of the organic, durable, rot-resistant Black Locust.

 

Awards

Winner, The Plan Awards, Sport & Leisure, 2017

Institute Honor Award, Architecture, American Institute of Architects, 2016

Jury Winner, Architizer A+ Awards, 2015

Shortlist, Sport and Civic Categories, World Architecture Festival, 2014

Citation of Merit, Distinguished Building, Design Excellence Awards, AIA Chicago, 2014

American Architecture Award, Chicago Athenaeum, 2014

Merit Award, AZ Awards for Design Excellence, AZURE Magazine, 2014

Green Ribbon, Blue Ribbon Awards, Friends of the Chicago River, 2014

 

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Boardwalks & Decking

Black Locust Lumber boardwalks and decking are naturally durable, slip-resistant, and maintenance-free. It is NOT required to use chemicals, oils, or any other additives. Black Locust Lumber has an extensive portfolio including, presidential libraries, higher education campuses, botanical gardens, wetland pathways, and parks.

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