If you’ve driven down Morgan Street in Chicago’s West Loop recently, you may have seen a strange site: a stack of shipping containers along the sidewalk. Unusual way to store construction equipment? No. But they are an unusual way to brace a historic façade while construction crews demolish the existing building around it.
We needed a way to stabilize the historic façade without negatively impacting our ability to work around it. Traditional bracing would have required steel posts drilled into the ground at an angle within the new building footprint, hampering construction progress.
With contributions from Thornton Thomasetti and Stalworth, the historic façade was secured to the shipping containers that were stacked on top of each other along the sidewalk outside the new building footprint. Completion is scheduled for next Winter on the new Ace Hotel, a 142,500 sf, 7-story ultra-hip boutique hotel featuring 159 guestrooms. More information about this project and other unique hotel properties can be found on our Hospitality Projects page.