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
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 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