Commercial Construction & Renovation

MAY-JUN 2017

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Signature structures add diversity to iconic downtown Chicago skyline By Jeff Alexander I n a city as dense as Chicago, new building projects often have very limited space to make their mark. From its iconic skyline that features the colossal Willis Tower, formerly Sears, to the vast swath of buildings throughout down- town and along the Riverwalk, the Windy City presents a difficult, yet exciting playground in which architects and developers can create. But for new hotels, Chicago offers an even stiffer challenge, featuring countless historic accommodations and lodgings that have graced the city for over a century. The new Hilton Garden Inn in the North Loop of downtown Chicago faced these obstacles, and had many additional buildings to compete with, including its landmark neighbors, the Chicago Motor Club and the Seventeenth Church of Christ Scientist. With the desire to standout, GREC Architects were called upon to help make a statement and put the signature stamp of Hilton on Chicago. Architects David Ervin and Ryan von Drehle knew they would have a very compact build site in which to erect such a prominent structure. The 26-story hotel spanning 96,000 square-feet needed a way to not only differentiate itself among the sea of other hotels and buildings lining the riverfront and downtown area, but also fit into the mix aesthetically. Standing tall 125 MAY : JUNE 2017 — COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION & RENOVATION

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