Commercial Construction & Renovation

MAY-JUN 2017

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embossed exterior, the panels provide an alluring complement to the structure's overall design scheme. Coated in five custom grey shades of Valspar's Fluropon ® coat- ings, Midnight Blue, Stonewall, Sabre Gray, Sleigh Bells and Horizon, the panels provided the team with the necessary medium to achieve their desired aesthetic. The grey hues were chosen because they mixed the designers' modern inspirations with a classic color palette that will never go out of style. The architects knew they needed the variety of panels to work together and find a coating that would retain the many different individual colors and preserve the integrity of the mosaic for years to come. Fluropon was chosen both for its superior color retention and resistance to chalking when exposed to the different weather elements. These features will help keep the color mosaic of the hotel's western façade vibrant and protected through the harsh winters and humid summers that frequent the Midwest. The western exterior serves more than just an aesthetic pur- pose – because of the narrow build site and existing fire codes, no windows could be placed on the western side of the wall. Addition- ally, the owner of the property, Magna Hospitality Group, elected not to purchase the air rights above one of the hotel's neighbors, the Seventeenth Church of Christ Scientist. Consequently, if a new building were to be constructed in its place, the western windows of the hotel would be blocked by new construction. To overcome these issues, the metal panels were constructed as a focal point of the design and most certainly make up for the missing windows with their dynamic appearance. Additionally, this cohesive wall acts as a frame for the existing church and enables a unified experience to be had by those walking the block, as the building fits in seamlessly among the other structures. This contemporary, multi-colored façade juxtaposes the base of the building, which is made of limestone and aims to reference the historic Chicago Motor Club, another of the hotel's immediate neighbors. This statement structure was recently converted into a hotel itself, yet remains an art deco gem in the city. GREC Architects again took this into consideration and matched materials to ensure a smooth transition from building to building. Another seamless transition can be seen on the building itself, as the eye-catching mosaic blends seamlessly with the three other sides of the building. These sides were also composed of Formawall Dimension Series CENTRIA metal panels and coated in Valspar's Midnight Blue shade of Fluropon, adding flow to the facade. As mentioned earlier, even though the mosaic was designed to stand out, it needed to match aesthetically with the other components of the building and appear as a cohesive part of the structure. The use of the Midnight Blue hue across the entire building allows for unity among the different aspects of the building. Inside out beauty Although great emphasis was placed on its exterior, the interior of the Hilton Garden Inn completes the modern and ambitious design, offering 191 total guestrooms, a business center, bar area, lounges, and more. All meticulously designed by architects to provide a luxurious and comfortable stay for business professionals and families alike, the design was not without its own set of challenges. Without any windows to work with on the hotel's western front, GREC architects needed to be inventive with the interior room design, in order for each bedroom and suites to feature a flood of natural light. With a fair bit of ingenuity, the western rooms were designed to access light from the north and south sides of the building, in order for the magnificent metal exterior to fully function in tandem with the interior. The new Hilton Garden Inn officially opened its doors on Oct. 1, 2015, adding to the roster of more than 625 Hilton hotels worldwide. With the help of a range of colors, coatings and inven- tive design, Chicago's Hilton Garden Inn accomplished its goals of becoming a memorable building in the Chicago skyline. It leaves an impression along the riverside and provides a welcoming space for the thousands of guests that will pass through its doors every month. CCR Jeff Alexander is VP of the Coil and Extrusion Division at Valspar. STANDING TALL Although great emphasis was placed on its exterior, the interior of the Hilton Garden Inn completes the modern and ambitious design. 128 COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION & RENOVATION — MAY : JUNE 2017

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