Ventana provided the five story, high-span podium area of this 40-story hotel and event center.
Ventana provided the design, fabrication, and installation of the five story, high-span podium area of the McCormick Place Headquarters Hotel. This 40-story hotel and event center is located in the Near South Side neighborhood in Chicago and houses guest rooms with modern, high-end finishes, 44 luxury suites, a state-of-the-art fitness center, club lounge, ballrooms, and ground floor bar and restaurant areas. Further, the hotel links directly to the McCormick Place Convention Center and Wintrust Arena via pedestrian bridges.
Through a design assist approach, Ventana worked with the Architect, General Contractors, and Building Engineer to help refine the exterior wall design. In the early design stages, Ventana was able to revise the typical mullion design to allow for certain mullions to be hung from the top and others to be dead loaded at the bottom to help the Building Engineer meet the structural conditions of the building. The curtain wall system used, the VS-1 system, was produced and engineered by Innovation Glass in Red Hook, NY. This system utilized vertical pinch point and gravity fittings, which allowed for clean, uninterrupted exterior views of the glass. The typical glass used was Viracon’s one inch Solarblue VRE-54 insulated units. However, 1-5/16 inch Solarblue VRE-54 insulating glass units were utilized at the Great Room area due to the high wind loads and tall floor spans in that area.