HOK Chicago completes innovative Marriott project

CHICAGO - HOK Chicago has recently completed an innovative Marriott hotel project in Chicago for client White Lodging Services, Inc. The building, which is located on Dearborn and Hubbard Streets in the River North neighborhood, features two separate Marriott-branded hotels in the same tower.

"Our challenge with the Chicago River North Marriott was to create a building with two very distinct looks from the outside in order to reflect the separate Marriott brands contained within the structure," said Gaute Grindheim, HOK Chicago's Project Manager for the new hotel tower. Other key members of the project team included Todd Halamka, Erik Andersen, Lou Oswald, Todd Bogust and Nimrod Gutman.

The first of the hotel brands located within the building is the Marriott Residence Inn Suites. It is designed as an extended-stay hotel, featuring rooms with live-in amenities such as full kitchens and living areas. Located on the south side of the building, it can be recognized from the street for its horizontal architectural expression. The windows of the Residence Inn Suites are an important visual characteristic, lying flat to add depth and mimic the horizontal theme.

The second Marriott hotel brand within the 28-story tower is the SpringHill Suites. Also an extended-stay hotel, these hotel rooms are designed with small bar areas and separate sitting areas. The exterior of the SpringHill Suites property, located on the north side of the building, features a vertical architectural design. A wide band of precast concrete down the side of the building helps create both vertical visual appeal and contrast to the horizontal characteristics of the Residence Inn Suites located on the opposite end of the building.

"This concept of designing buildings with dual identities to reflect two distinct brands within is a relatively new trend for our hospitality industry clients," said Todd Halamka, Design Director and Group Vice President at HOK Chicago. "It facilitates seamless sharing of certain 'back of house' functions like food service and housekeeping, while allowing companies like Marriott to offer two select-service products to their clientele."

The building has 523 guest rooms within 300,000 square feet. HOK Chicago architects used stone as a cladding material for the first two floors to blend with the streetscape of Chicago's River North neighborhood. The hotels share a shuttle elevator entrance at street level. Adjacent mezzanine-level lobbies also serve as connecting elements to the amenities offered by each hotel. Two restaurants, including the popular new Hub 51, at the pedestrian level serve both guests and non-guests of the hotels. The soft, piano-curve shape of a single, 10,000-square-foot private penthouse residence forms a unified roof silhouette.

HOK is a global architectural and interior design firm that specializes in planning, design and delivery solutions for buildings and communities. Through its collaborative network of 26 offices worldwide, the firm serves diverse clients within the corporate, commercial, public and institutional markets. HOK is committed to developing resources and expertise to help lead the world toward sustainable communities and building environments. Founded in 1955, the firm's expertise includes architecture, engineering, interiors, planning, lighting, graphics, facilities planning and assessment, and construction services.

Susanna Kalnes/ Extra Mile Public Relations/ (773) 588-5143 (office)/ (708) 494-1114 (cell)

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