District OKs Clubhouse Construction at The Preserve at Oak Meadows
Commissioners unanimously approve $12.6 million construction contract at Addison golf preserve
(Aug. 29, 2019) — DuPage Forest Preserve District commissioners unanimously approved building a public clubhouse and visitor center at The Preserve at Oak Meadows
Commissioners approved hiring Pepper Construction Company as the construction manager to deliver the project
for a “guaranteed maximum price contract” of $12.6 million or less. Work is scheduled to begin in September 2019 and be completed by September 2020.
The one-story public clubhouse will feature an 18,018-square-foot building with a restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating areas, a multipurpose event room with an outdoor terrace, a pro shop, locker rooms, kitchen and office space.
The clubhouse design is a reinterpretation of midcentury modern architecture with angled flat roofs, transition spaces to blend the inside and outside, and large expanses of windows to feature views of the course. Environmentally friendly features of the building include a green roof, bird-safe glass to reduce the number of birds flying into windows, sustainably sourced wood, LED light systems, and compliance with ComEd’s energy efficiency program.
As part of the project, commissioners approved installing a solar power system on the cart storage building at The Preserve at Oak Meadows. The solar arrays will produce enough electricity to fully power the facility’s 75 golf carts, making The Preserve the first golf course in the U.S. with a fully solar-powered golf cart fleet.
Commissioners approved installing a solar power system on the cart storage building at The Preserve at Oak Meadows. The solar arrays will produce enough electricity to fully power the facility's 75 golf carts, making The Preserve the first golf course in the U.S. with a fully solar-powered golf cart fleet.
“I am thrilled by the enhancement of this project through solar power,” said Forest Preserve District of DuPage County President Daniel Hebreard. “The new building will be a terrific venue for events ranging from golf outings to Forest Preserve District education programs, and the solar arrays support our organization’s mission of conservation for all who visit The Preserve.”
The Forest Preserve District acquired the former Elmhurst Country Club in 1985, and the original 50,000-square-foot clubhouse at this location was destroyed by fire in 2009. After the fire, there was a public call to immediately replace the clubhouse, but Forest Preserve District Executive Director Ed Stevenson said he first wanted to address chronic flooding problems, improve environmental conditions, and address aging infrastructure on the property’s landscape before committing to replacing a building.
The Preserve at Oak Meadows underwent a major two-year restoration project to improve stormwater management and water quality for Salt Creek, enhance habitat for fish and other aquatic species, and create a premier 18-hole public golf destination. It reopened for a brief preview season in late summer 2017 and had a full grand-opening season in 2018.
The property was reconfigured to reduce flooding in nearby communities by holding an additional 20 million gallons of stormwater from Salt Creek during flood events, while minimizing flood damage to the course. Only 15% of the 288 acres is dedicated to fairways, greens and teeing areas, and the number of holes was reduced from 27 to 18. In addition, the project created 25 acres of wetlands and 43 acres of riparian habitat and restored 13 acres along the Salt Creek corridor to improve water quality and plant and animal diversity.
The Preserve at Oak Meadows has received numerous awards and accolades
from environmentalists and national golf publications since its opening in 2017.
● Force of Nature Award
from Chicago Wilderness for serving as a role model with its conservation and restoration efforts
● Merit Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects
● Design Excellence Award from the American Society of Golf Course Architects
“The former clubhouse was a favorite gathering place for nearly a century,” said Forest Preserve District Commissioner Marsha Murphy, District 1. “Since the fire in 2009, the community has been anticipating a place to serve the public and create memories for the next 100 years, and the new building will be the perfect complement to the reinvented property.”
Since the renovation of The Preserve at Oak Meadows, the Forest Preserve District’s three-course golf operation
has demonstrated the ability to fully support operating expenses with golf revenues. Once completed, the new clubhouse is projected to generate an additional operating profit and financial sustainability without subsidy from the tax levy, and future excess golf profits are designated to help support other Forest Preserve District programs.
The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has been connecting people to nature for more than 100 years. More than 4 million people visit its 60+ forest preserves, 145 miles of trails, six education centers and scores of programs each year. For information, call 630-933-7200 or visit dupageforest.org, where you can also link to the District’s e-newsletter, blog, Facebook, Twitter
and Instagram pages.