As Architect of Record, Bauer Latoza Studio led the multi-phased restoration of the largest hotel in Hyatt Corporation’s portfolio. The project transformed this 40-year old structure into a state-of-the art guest-centric facility that has strengthened the hotel’s ability to attract and serve its residents in a highly competitive marketplace.
The central vision behind this renovation reestablishes the atrium as a grand urban space that conveys the excitement and energy of Chicago’s largest hotel while it also redefines comfortable, smaller scaled spaces for such amenities as the Registration Lobby, American Craft Restaurant, Market Cafe, Big Bar, Stetson’s Steakhouse and the guest fitness center. These spaces are articulated through a craft-based vocabulary of wood trellises, metalwork, lighting arrays, local artwork and a water feature — all of which are designed on regional themes which reflect the city’s agricultural heritage and landscape.
An expansive brise soleil under the existing skylight unifies the entire space and mitigates the effect of direct sunlight and solar heat gain. Other sustainable enhancements include a new high-efficiency mechanical system, a complete upgrade to low-energy consuming LED lighting fixtures, and locally sourced materials where possible. Additional phases of the project included the redesign of the fitness center and the renovation of the exterior entrance plaza which features new landscaping, paving, site lighting, furniture, and artwork. Bauer Latoza Studio collaborated with the interior design firm of Bentel & Bentel, and led a large team of consultants including Food Service, MEP/Structural Engineering, Lighting, Audio Visual, and Water Feature Design.
“The transformational design of the Atrium Lobby has reestablished Hyatt Regency Chicago as a world-class hotel in our marketplace. The overwhelming praises that we have heard from our guests, along with our increased revenues, testify to the success of this landmark design achievement.” -Tom Feilen, Senior Director of Engineering at Hyatt Regency Chicago
- Client:Hyatt Corporation
- Project Address: 151 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois
- Project Size: 77,000 square feet
- Construction Cost: $30 million
- Services Provided: Architecture, Design Documents, Construction Documents, Construction Administration, Permitting
- Awards: 2014: Hospitality Design, IES Illumination, and Society of American Registered Architects (SARA)