Three-Way Partnership

September 11, 2018

The reimagined, state-of-the art Foglia Foundation Health and Recreation Center at Harper College has opened its doors after an extensive renovation, setting the new standard for organizations partnering to pool resources to better serve the community.

Harper, Palatine Park District and Northwest Community Healthcare came together to reinvent the nearly 40-year-old building as a one-of-a-kind center promoting a holistic culture of wellness through a new model of academic, athletic and recreational opportunities and health services. 

The partners came together Monday for a formal dedication.

“What was once called the ‘loneliest building on campus’ is now a tremendous asset to the entire community,” said Dr. Ken Ender, President of Harper College. “By maximizing increasingly scarce public resources and leveraging the specialized expertise of each partner, everyone benefits.”

Palatine Park District contributed $9 million toward the $41 million renovation, which kept Harper from permanently closing the previously failing indoor pool. The park district will run the pool operations and provide aquatic, dance, sports and fitness programming.

Park district residents in a 2015 survey identified access to an indoor pool as the top-ranked desired indoor amenity.

“After three years, it is absolutely exciting to see this unique and pioneering partnership and new facility come to fruition,” said Mike Clark, Executive Director of Palatine Park District. “Using cooperative strategies in a fiscally responsible way among partners is a model for others to follow.”

Located within the Health and Recreation Center is the NCH Outpatient Care Center, a 10,000-square-foot-facility featuring a compassionate, skilled team of physicians and staff to serve students, employees and the community. The care center offers primary care, immediate care, occupational health, physical therapy and more.

Harper is the only community college in Illinois with a comprehensive outpatient care center staffed by on-site physicians.

“This partnership is a real-life example of how three community-minded organizations like Harper College, Northwest Community and Palatine Park District can pool their ideas, missions and resources to bring about more than three times the benefit for our community,” said Stephen Scogna, President and CEO of Northwest Community Healthcare.

The Health and Recreation Center will serve as a living learning lab for students. The Kinesiology, Health Education and new Personal Training certificate programs will utilize three new smart classrooms including a human movement performance lab. The Outpatient Care Center will provide Health Careers students from programs such as radiologic technology, massage therapy and physical therapy assistant with clinical experience opportunities. The building also serves as home base for the Harper Hawks and Athletics department.

The building is being dedicated the Foglia Foundation Health and Recreation Center in recognition of the Foglia Foundation’s more than $1.5 million in cumulative support and investment in the Harper College community.


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