Dating from the late 1800’s, the Sullivan Barn is an adaptive re-use project for the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, Illinois (FPDCC). Located at the heart of Camp Sullivan, the barn will provide a key destination for both overnight and daily guests and serve as a launching point for daily activities, special events, and outdoor adventures. The design maintains the historic character of the iconic red barn and celebrates the original heavy timber structure while providing district offices, restrooms and large community spaces on both the lower and upper levels. Concessions, a catering kitchen, indoor climbing wall, and exterior patio and deck spaces provide programming options for large groups or rainy day adventures.
Unique aspects of this renovation project included forensic analysis to determine structural integrity, archeological reconnaissance survey, creative solutions to meet building code compliance due to the construction type and proposed use, accessible entrances and vertical connections, material selection
for long-term durability and sustainability, and hands-on construction administration to manage unforeseen conditions under a publicly bid contract.