Duke of Wells Hotel planned on Wells Street in Old Town

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Judy Lamelza

Special to Chicago Construction News

In the heart of Chicago’s Old Town, a new construction project is making headlines for its innovative approach to urban development. The planned hotel at 1528 N. Wells Street, named ‘The Duke of Wells’, is setting a new standard in the construction field.

With a recent demolition permit issued for the existing structure on the site, the project, developed by Condor Partners and designed by Pappageorge Haymes, will add 203 rooms along the Wells Street commercial corridor.

The architectural vision for The Duke of Wells is one of harmony and respect for the Old Town’s historic fabric. Pappageorge Haymes has masterfully planned a structure that honors the neighborhood’s architectural heritage through its use of red and dark gray brick and significant loft-inspired windows. The building has been designed with a classic masonry exterior and will include:

The construction field faces the challenge of incorporating modern amenities and structural requirements into a design that seamlessly blends with the historic surroundings. This delicate balance of old and new is a prime example of how contemporary construction methodologies are evolving to preserve the character of urban landscapes.It’s also a model for sustainable construction in the hospitality sector, aiming for high sustainability and energy efficiency standards, integrating eco-friendly materials and systems that reduce its carbon footprint. From the use of recycled materials to energy-efficient lighting and HVAC systems.

Multiple terraced setbacks pose structural challenges, requiring advanced engineering solutions to ensure stability and safety. The construction team will leverage cutting-edge structural techniques to achieve these architectural feats, showcasing the field’s ability to overcome complex engineering challenges.

The development’s planned amenities include a rooftop lounge and terrace, spa and fitness center and restaurant

Addressing parking in urban developments is always a challenge, and The Duke of Wells approaches this with a creative solution: a three-story rear garage camouflaged by single-family homes. This innovative approach not only addresses the practical need for parking but does so in a way that maintains the architectural integrity of the neighborhood.

The construction represents a collaborative effort among architects, designers, engineers, and contractors to create a landmark that respects its historic setting while pushing the boundaries of modern hospitality design.

Judy Lamelza writes for DataBid.com.

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