Portage Lakefront Park Pavilion

Regional & Urban Design Award Submission

The Dunes National Lakeshore Park; Portage Riverwalk and Pavilion is the first project in the implementation of the Marquette Plan to transform the lakefront from rust to sustainable recreation.

The 57-acre park restored the site of an industrial wastewater treatment plant, is focused on sustainable redevelopment, and is submitting for LEED Gold Certification. Sustainable features include extensive restoration of natural habitat. Additional elements include a highly reflective roof, water efficiency, geothermal energy efficient heat pump system, the use of recycled and local materials, and low VOC products.

The pavilion represents the symbol for this new direction in redevelopment. It sits atop a ridge of windswept dunes, overlooking Lake Michigan and Burns Harbor waterway. The design elements are a series of metaphors:
The sweeping roof form represents the dunes and waves; the chimney reflects hearth and home and our strong regional values, and the cedar soffit evokes the image boat hull, with its curved form, warm character, and natural beauty.

Features of the pavilion include a glass enclosed classroom designed to maximize views of the lake, Chicago Skyline and natural setting, as well as a covered exterior activity space, concessions, toilets, and a gallery.

Design Organization, Inc.
The City of Portage
General contractor
The Skillman Corporation
Portage, Indiana