The Chicago Bears have partnered with HOK on the design of a 162,500-square-foot football operations addition that will more than double the size of the existing Halas Hall facility.
HOK’s Sports + Recreation + Entertainment group will also design the renovation of a 30,600-square-foot space on the northeast side of the building.
The project will transform the look and feel of all existing team spaces and provide more resources for the team’s training and performance needs. The first phase of the expansion project will focus on enhancing the team’s football operations, including player training, education, performance, nutrition and rehabilitation.
“The improvements being made at Halas Hall through this development project further exemplify the commitment the organization has to investing in the success of our football operations and making the Bears a premier destination,” said President and CEO Ted Phillips. “Not only will this project double the size of our first-class facility, it will also allow for many enhanced amenities incorporating state-of-the-art technology and ensure room for future growth. We are both proud and excited to see this project moving forward after months of input and support from our leadership team and the partners involved, especially the City of Lake Forest and HOK.”
The addition will include indoor turf space with a video projection wall and adjacent virtual reality room, in addition to a weight room expansion. Also included will be an equipment room, recovery space and nutrition station.
Position meeting rooms and the draft room will double in size, while larger coaches’ offices will improve collaboration. The project includes a new players’ lounge and separate huddle space, as well as a locker room expansion and a larger coaches/scouts locker room. The team and staff café will be expanded.
The project is scheduled to break ground in March 2018, with an expected opening in August 2019. Mortenson Construction is the general contractor.
In a separate construction project already underway, two additional football fields are being built east of the Walter Payton Center. This will allow the team to spread out their practices over four fields. That project also will add a training slope and a small practice viewing suite, much like the existing viewing suite used at Halas Hall for corporate partners and VIP guests.