Some of the best badminton players in the state are right here in the western suburbs and many of these young players hone their skills at Midwest Badminton Club. Midwest Badminton Club worked with Studio21 Architects to bring their new state of the art facility to the western suburbs in May of 2020.
Midwest Badminton Club is the first private badminton club in the Midwest. The founder, Thomas Chen, played badminton in Hong Kong and planned to open a club here after retiring. Deciding it made sense to start a club while he was young enough to play and enjoy the sport, he launched MBC in Woodridge in 2010. Naperville became the site of the club’s second location in 2013. They chose to close the Woodridge location while selecting a permanent home for Midwest Badminton Club that would be designed as a badminton club from the outset. Willowbrook was originally chosen as the location for the new club but parking concerns necessitated a move to Lemont Road in Woodridge near the Downers Grove town limit.
The 1992 addition of badminton as an Olympic sport increased the sport’s popularity in the United States. Middle schools now teach badminton as part of their PE curriculum and park districts often offer badminton camps that accrue wait lists. Due to the popularity of the sport, Midwest Badminton Club chose to expand their facilities and offerings in the community. With a focus on training, the aim is to develop all players whether they are completely new to the sport or at the professional level. The club has a proven track record of producing champions. Every year since 2012, several of their students have qualified for the state championship. The records of MBC members include: top 5 winners, 3-years consecutive State Championship winner, Annual Junior National Championship winners, and Pan-Am International Championship winners.
The new facility is located at 8202 Lemont Road in Woodridge. Designed as a badminton club from the start, the building is the first of its kind in the area. Form follows function in this 19,000 square foot space. The club features 13 courts with central air, state of the art LED lighting, and an advanced flooring design to prevent injuries. The club also has a party room for private events and a study/work area for members and students. Find out more about MBC and their offerings by visiting them at www.mbadminton.com.
Studio21 Architects is proud to have partnered with Midwest Badminton Club to make their vision a reality. If you are looking to design a new commercial or residential space, or simply wish to renovate an existing space, please contact us at info@Studio21Architects.com. We also offer design and build services allowing us to take your project from inception to finished structure. Studio21 Architects offers “exceptional design where you wouldn’t change a thing.”