Commercial Construction & Renovation

MAY-JUN 2017

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STANDING TALL The solution was to incorporate modern design elements into the building that complemented the hotel's surround- ings, including the unmistakable Chicago River. "We thought about murals and maps, ideas that were more representative, but ultimately the building's location, as a part of the Chicago River system, became our inspiration," Ervin says. The result is a remarkable piece of artwork that utilizes five shades of comple- mentary grey. The custom 10,000 square- foot exterior metal mosaic façade faces the river, and was created to be an abstract representation of sunlight reflecting on the surface of water. GREC Architects used images of pixelated glints of sunshine, colorful mosaic tiles, and modern art throughout the inspi- ration and design process to construct the perfect representation. General contractor Walsh Construc- tion teamed up with G&L Associates, which supplied Formawall Dimension Series CENTRIA metal panels for the exte- rior. Selected for both their sleek aesthetic appearance and strong performance fea- tures, Formawall Dimension Series panels provided the perfect exterior product to make up the Hilton's façade. Adding to the mix Offering maximum thermal performance, superior moisture control and a bold, With the desire to standout, GREC Architects were called upon to help make a statement and put the signature stamp of Hilton on Chicago. 126 COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION & RENOVATION — MAY : JUNE 2017

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