Ping Tom Memorial Park Fieldhouse

Chicago, Illinois / United States of America

More than 50 years after construction of the Dan Ryan Expressway forced the demolition of two Chinatown-area parks, the vision of the Ping Tom Memorial Park Advisory Council’s founder and chairman, Leonard M. Louie, became a reality with the successful opening of the new Ping Tom Memorial Park Fieldhouse.

Located on land just east of the park itself, the new fieldhouse reflects the spirit and character of its community. At the building’s entrance, a hardscape plaza incorporates the Chinese symbol for ‘luck’ within the brick paver design. Chinese characters expressing ‘Community’ are etched into large, red metal panels featured on the building’s exterior. 

The overall massing of the Fieldhouse responds to a complex site and surrounding context. A major feature of the exterior expression is a towering exposed structural steel canopy. As both marker of main entry and daylight shading device for a rooftop community terrace, the canopy is supported by two 50-foot-tall custom-designed steel columns, each terminating with a nest-like connection to the horizontal canopy members above.

The new 30,000-sf LEED-Platinum building is fully accessible and features a six-lane pool, spacious locker rooms, a gymnasium, a fitness center, clubrooms, and a 3,200-square foot combination terrace/green roof with views of the Chicago skyline.

Architect of Record

Wight & Company


Public Building Commission of Chicago

General Contractor

Wight Construction


  • Drucker Zajdel Structural Engineers, Inc.
  • WIght & Company
  • Environmental Systems Design, Inc.