Award of Merit - Architectural Design

This cutting-edge new parking facility was conceived to respond to the client’s diverse requirements, including providing much-needed parking to a busy urban area, meeting LEED-NC certification criteria, off-setting energy costs, educating and inspiring users about living sustainably and providing an elegant and distinctive architectural image within a highly-functional and efficient structure.

Photo: Mcshane-fleming Studios
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Meeting these requirements came with a broad array of challenges, issues and constraints that were successfully met by the design and construction team.

Initially, the design team was challenged to envision what a green parking garage could be. Through the team’s efforts, a building type that has traditionally been thought of as unsustainable succeeded in overcoming the stigma.

Design of the new structure successfully incorporates numerous sustainable features within an aesthetic that breaks from the traditional parking garage model of disguising itself as an office building.

Prior to the start of construction, it was determined that due to site limitations, the weight of the required materials and the crane capacity, the building could not be erected one complete level at a time.

In response, the construction team divided the process into four main phases. Each of the 11 floors were erected individually and completed before moving onto the next floor.

Key Players

Developer/Owner: Friedman Properties Ltd., Chicago
CM: Bovis Lend Lease, Chicago
Architect: HOK, Chicago; Cubellis, Boston
Civil Engineer: Eriksson Engineering Associates Ltd., Chicago
Structural Engineer: Walker Parking Consultants, Chicago
MEP Engineer: WMA Consulting Engineers Ltd., Chicago

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