TM14 - Sustainable Hospitality

Monday, November 12 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM | Tour Meet Desk « Back

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The original Chicago Athletic Association building was designed in 1893 by architect Henry Ives Cobb in a unique Venetian Gothic style, based on the Doge’s Palace in Venice. The Chicago Motor Club building, now home to the Hampton Inn Downtown Chicago, is considered one of the city’s finest Art Deco skyscrapers. The 1929 landmarked structure was designed by Holabird & Root as the headquarters for the affiliate of the American Automobile Association (AAA). Both buildings ended up vacant and were considered some of the nation’s most endangered historic places. These adaptive reuse projects are models of integrating state-of-the-art environmentally sustainable technologies within the context of a historic preservation project. The new McDonald’s Chicago Flagship Restaurant celebrates the pure simplicity and
enduring authenticity of McDonalds, welcoming both residents and visitors to a playful and informal gathering place in the heart of the city. McDonald’s corporate commitment to “make sustainability the new normal” is at the core of the new restaurant design. The solar pergola will capture the sun’s energy, supplying part of the building's consumption needs. Throughout the site, permeable paving is used to reduce stormwater runoff and the heat island effect. The building is tracking LEED Platinum performance.

Learning Objectives:

Explore the opportunities and challenges of historic adaptive reuse projects.

Explain methods of restoring historic materials, including wood, plaster and mosaic tile.

Identify how renovations utilizing state-of-the-art preservation techniques can restore an old structure to its original grandeur, and modernized to meet contemporary standards.

Discuss how to integrate both tested and experimental methods of sustainability in high-traffic buildings.

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Event Type: Tour > Session