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Construction Wraps on Illinois’ First Olympic-Grade Running Track

James McHugh Construction Co. and joint venture partner Bowa Construction have finished work on the $53.67-million Indoor Track & Field Facility at Gately Park, which houses Illinois’ first hydraulically banked, Olympic-grade running track. The new facility is located at 10201 S. Cottage Grove Ave. in the South Side’s historic Pullman neighborhood.

“This project serves as a model of collaboration between public and private entities and nonprofit organizations to create a facility where world-class athletes can achieve their top performance,” said Andy Totten, project executive for McHugh Construction.

The new 139,375-square-foot building includes a 118,000-square-foot fieldhouse, which features a 200-meter, six-lane running track; high jump and long jump pits; pole vault, hurdle, and relay areas; shot put cages; sprint lanes; and seating for 3,500 spectators. The remaining 22,000 square feet includes a fitness center, multipurpose rooms for community use, Chicago Park District offices and After School Matters programming space.

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