Proj Overview

Project Overview

This unique project, located in Chicago’s trendy River North neighborhood, consists of three distinct hotels under one roof – a Hyatt Place, a Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, and an Aloft Hotel with a total of 664 rooms.

To preserve their identity, each hotel has its own exterior design and separate entrance, but all three operations share amenities, public spaces and service functions.

Precast Solution

Precast concrete architectural panels clad the Fairfield and Hyatt hotels, glass clads the Aloft. Precast components include spandrels, wall panels, and columns covers. All precast panels were acid etched. Each of these hotels features two face mixes in the panels – providing light and dark horizontal bands on the Fairfield, light vertical columns and dark horizontal elements on the Hyatt.

The project earned LEED-NC Silver Certification. A 38% reduction in energy use was achieved, according to HOK’s Colin Rohlfing, “by combining a high-performance [exterior] envelope with efficient mechanical systems.”


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Project Team

Architect and Engineer of Record

HOK (Hellmuth, Obata + Kassebaum, Inc. 


Magnusson Klemencic Associates 


Lend Lease Corporation 


Friedman Properties 


Lombard Architectural Precast Products Company (LAPPCO) 

Precast Speciality Engineer

Losch Engineering Corporation

Key Project Attributes

  • Individualized look for each hotel provided by aesthetic flexibility of precast    
  • Precast design provided high quality architectural aesthetics   
  • Use of precast construction shortened the building schedule   
  • Precast components did not require extensive staging areas which facilitated work in the tight downtown job site
  • Locally-sourced precast components also contributed to LEED points by reducing construction waste    

Project/Precast Scope

  • Fairfield hotel has 180 rooms on 18 floors   
  • The Hyatt hotel has 212 rooms on 17 floors   
  • 241 precast panels on a poured concrete structural frame   
  • 36,000 square feet of spandrels and columns covers   
  • Fairfield hotel utilized precast spandrels and wall panels   
  • Hyatt hotel used E-shaped panels 
  • E-shape design reduced the number of panels and joints required      
  • E-shaped panels measured 9 feet tall, 28 feet 2 inches long and 8 inches thick