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Chicago Athletic Association is ENR Midwest Project of the Year


Tue, November 29, 2016

The renovation of the Chicago Athletic Association into a boutique hotel continues to rack up the awards, most recently being named Midwest Project of the Year in ENR Midwest’s Best Projects 2016 competition and the only Platinum-level winner in Building Design + Construction’s 2016 Reconstruction Awards.


KJWW provided MEP, fire protection, audio/visual, and acoustics design in addition to construction administration services for the project. The design and construction team also included Hartshorne and Plunkard Architecture and Bulley & Andrews (general contractor).


The circa 1890s building is on the National Register of Historic Places and is located in downtown Chicago, overlooking Millennium Park. An icon along the city skyline, the structure was vacated in 2007 after the club disbanded due to declining membership. Threatened with demolition, it was cited by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of the nation’s 11 most endangered places.


The property was acquired by a joint development venture that envisioned maintaining the historic integrity of the structure and adaptively reusing the property as a boutique hotel. In transforming the landmark structure into the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, extraordinary care was taken to create a contemporary hospitality environment while preserving the building’s rich architectural details. The intricacies of the building construction methods, the redesign of the infrastructure, and the newly programmed spaces were strategically planned and coordinated throughout the process. Construction began in July 2013, and the hotel opened on May 27, 2015.


The project now will go on to compete in the ENR Best of the Best Projects 2016, a national juried competition.


Want to learn more?


Read the ENR Project of the Year story.


Read the BD+C Reconstruction Award story.


Read the KJWW project case study.