Ping Tom Boathouse

Chicago, Illinois / United States of America

The Ping Tom Park Boat House, located in Chicago's Chinatown on the southwest branch of the Chicago River is the first boathouse in Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to promote recreation and attention to the Chicago River. 
This facility consists of the following components; 
1) A bright red steel storage shed which houses the kayaks and canoes. It is enclosed with decorative screens and rolling shutter doors allowing for natural ventilation to dry off the canoes and kayaks. 2) Comfort Station/Vending area housed in a black masonry structure with white glazed brick accents. 3) A white steel canopy with circular skylights that serves as a Porte-cochere where people can discuss their experiences on the river as well as a place to rest afterwards and enjoy the views of the river as well as the skyline to the north. 4) An ADA compliant zigzag path through the landscape that allows the customers to portage their canoes down to the dock where they embark upon their river journey. The building's geometry mirrors the path of the river with the Comfort Station/Vending Area running parallel to the southwest branch while the storage shed mirrors the northerly path the river takes downtown.

Architect of record

Chris Lee
Johnson & Lee Architects and Planners
1 East 8th Street, Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60605, U.S.A
Phone: 312-663-0225
Fax: 312-663-4491

General contractor

Buzz Harkness
F.H. Paschen,S.N. Nielson
5515 NE River Rd.
Chicago, IL 60631, U.S.A
Phone: 773-444-3474

Consultant 1

Gene Mojekwu
Matrix Engineering Corporation
33 W. Jackson Blvd., 4th floor
Chicago, IL 60604, U.S.A
Phone: 312-427-1200
Fax: 312-427-4200

Consultant 2

Wilfred Galloway
Galloway, LTD.
P.O Box 16430
Chicago, IL 60616, U.S.A
Phone: 312-786-9717

Consultant 3

Jamil Bou-Saab
Terra Engineering
225 W. Ohio Street, 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60610, U.S.A
Phone: 312-467-0123
Fax: 312-467-0220

Consultant 4

Ernest Wong
Site Design Group
888 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 1000
Chicago, IL 60605, U.S.A
Phone: 312-427-7240
Fax: 312-427-7241

Consultant 5

Bill Weaver
750 Corporate Woods Parkway
Vernon, IL 60061, U.S.A
Phone: 847-279-2500
Fax: 847-279-2510