Constructed in 1966, this luxury high rise was designed by renown architects Hirschfield, Pawlan, & Reinheimer. This skyscraper was one of the firm’s earlier projects, boasting 34 stories of luxury condominiums showcasing pristine views of Lake Michigan, and was a catalyst for a series of iconic structures designed by these architects in Chicago and across the nation. Our project consisted of the interior renovation of an approximately 1,750 square foot condominium unit. This project was developed as a two-phase construction schedule. Following careful planning and logistics in collaboration with Chris Turley Architects, we determined that the master suite and replacement of flooring throughout the unit was the best approach for Phase I and offered the least opportunities for costly rework during Phase II. As such, our initial scope included the gut rehab and remodel of the master suite and replacement of hardwood flooring and decorative lighting throughout the unit.
As in all high-rise projects, Integro was challenged to deliver this project while accommodating the demands of the building management. This included protecting the common hallways, reserving elevators, managing confined working hours, collaborating with building management for oversight, tying into pressurized common utility piping and chases, and working around the structural reinforced concrete without compromising the design intent. We performed extensive collaboration and coordination between our low voltage contractor and the building management to relocate an inconvenient main chase in critical path of our master bathroom vanity. Additionally, our team was tasked to manage this project remotely through intense coordination and communication with our client whose primary residence was located out of state during construction.
The architectural design of the master suite was primarily focused on replacing the existing, problematic layout with a new layout that maximized corners for storage areas and function while providing ample privacy and ambiance. An interior hallway entrance was designed with a foyer featuring glass shelving and downlighting to showcase our client’s valuable collections. This interior hallway was flanked with sconces and led to the master bedroom which featured a custom headboard for the bed fabricated from barnwood retrieved from the client’s family farm. A separate room was created within the master suite for the walk-in closet. The closet was carefully designed to maximize its functionality and provide a privacy barrier between the master bedroom and the master bathroom.