RE Investment Association Explores the Explosive Growth of Fulton Market

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HPA’s Jim Plunkard will share his thoughts on Chicago’s Fulton Market District transformation at a panel discussion hosted by Real Estate Investment Association on April 19. Together with fellow panelists Keating Crown, principal of Sterling Bay, and Phillip Walters, principal of B Hospitality Co., the group will delve into the history of the meat-packing neighborhood,… Read more »

312 N. Carpenter Receives LEED Certification

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312 N. Carpenter in Chicago’s Fulton Market Historic District has achieved LEED Certification. This adaptive reuse project by HPA for Madison Capital converted a historic dairy building into retail space and the commercial offices of digital advertising agency iCrossing. The existing exterior and structural elements were retained, which maintains the integrity of the neighborhood fabric as… Read more »

Chicago Plan Commission Approves One Chicago Square

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The Chicago Plan Commission approved One Chicago Square, a mixed-use development in River North designed by Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture and Goettsch Partners for JDL Development. Comprised of two towers reaching 49 and 76 stories high positioned atop a shared podium, the planned project will reach 1,011 feet, making it the sixth tallest building in Chicago…. Read more »

Hub at Minneapolis Tops Off in Downtown Minneapolis

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The Hub at Minneapolis has topped off in downtown Minneapolis, and is on track for opening in summer 2018. Designed by Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture for Core Spaces and Harbor Bay Real Estate Advisors, the 26-story tower will offer 407 student residences, on-site retail space and concealed parking, and extensive amenities. Located at 311 Harvard SE,… Read more »

Chicago Architecture Foundation’s “Between States” Exhibit Opens, Part of Chicago Architecture Biennial

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HPA is thrilled to participate in the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s “Between States” exhibition! As a partner program of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, CAF challenged 50 design teams to reimagine a physical asset in one of the city’s wards into a community-based project. Our design team’s concept transforms a water intake crib into an eco-island and landing point… Read more »

Eight Eleven Uptown Issued Full Building Permit

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Eight Eleven Uptown, HPA’s 27-story tower with JDL Development, is full speed ahead. Already under construction at the 3.4-acre site at Montrose and Clarendon, the project has been issued a full construction permit to embark on an ambitious redevelopment of a former hospital site that has lain vacant for more than a decade. The mixed-income housing and retail… Read more »

ULI Chicago Honors 1KFulton with Vision Award

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The Chicago chapter of the Urban Land Institute honored 1KFulton with a 2017 Vision Award for Catalytic Development. 1KFulton, designed by HPA for Sterling Bay, involved the adaptive reuse of a 1920’s cold-storage building into a Class A mixed-use office and retail building that serves as the Chicago headquarters of Google Chicago and international headquarters… Read more »

Essex on the Park Breaks Ground at 808 South Michigan

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Groundbreaking of Essex on the Park took place today on the South Loop site of the new high-rise development. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Planning Commissioner David Reifman, Building Commissioner Judy Frydland, and Alderman Sophia King joined Oxford Capital Group and Quadrum Global in a ceremony to mark the beginning of construction of the new 56-story luxury… Read more »

Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture Receives Two Awards from AIA Illinois, including Top Design Prize For 2016

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Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture (HPA) has received two 2016 Honor Awards from the Illinois chapter of the American Institute of Architecture.  Harper Court was honored with the Louis Sullivan Award, the top design prize for the year, while the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel received the Crombie Taylor Award for Preservation. AIA Illinois annually sponsors the award… Read more »

1000 S. Clark Celebrates Grand Opening

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  1000 South Clark was unveiled in a grand opening party that welcomed guests to experience the South Loop’s newest luxury apartment tower. Co-sponsored by Chicago Social magazine, the event featured summer cocktails, chef tastings, and music entertainment enjoyed throughout the building and atop the building’s rooftop deck. The 29-story skyscraper was developed by the… Read more »

Transit-Oriented Development Under Construction at 171 N. Aberdeen

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Construction has begun on a new 202,000 SF, mixed-use development at 171 N. Aberdeen in the Randolph-Fulton Market district. Designed by Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture, the 11-story structure contains 12,000 SF of ground-level retail space, concealed parking at the second and third floors, and 40,000 SF of Class A commercial office space. To complement the site… Read more »

USGBC-Illinois Honors Hampton Inn with Emerald Award

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The Illinois chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) honored the Hampton Inn (Chicago Motor Club) at the organization’s annual Limelight Celebration. The hotel was one of three projects recognized with an Emerald Award for Green Building Innovation. The Emerald Awards ceremony was held on June 23rd at the Chicago Cultural Center, during USGBC-Illinois’ annual… Read more »

ULI Chicago Honors HPA Projects with Vision Awards

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  The Chicago chapter of the Urban Land Institute honored two HPA projects at the 2016 Vision Awards. The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel was the winner in the Historic Preservation category, and Soho House Chicago was recognized for Catalytic Redevelopment. The awards ceremony was held on June 1 at Morgan MFG in Chicago’s Fulton Market District, and attended by hundreds… Read more »

HPA Wins IIDA Illinois RED Award for Hospitality Design

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Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture received the RED Award for Hospitality Design from the Illinois chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA). The RED (Recognizing Exemplary Design) award competition recognizes the best interior design projects from the Illinois community. The sold-out awards ceremony was held on April 7 at the Chicago Cultural Center, and attended by hundreds of design professionals who… Read more »

HPA Named Architect of the Year at the Chicago Commercial Real Estate Awards

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  Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture was honored as Architect of the Year at the 28th Annual Chicago Real Estate Awards. The recognition considered the impact the firm made on the city with its 2015 projects, which included the Chicago Athletic Association, the Chicago Motor Club renovation, and 1KFulton, home of Google’s Midwest Headquarters. The firm also received an additional… Read more »

Architectural Record Profiles the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

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Architectural Record features an extensive profile of the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel in its February 2016 issue. Saying the project “imaginatively combines modern and historic architectural flourishes for an updated approach to play and respite,” writer Jim Gauer describes the history of the landmarked building and the architectural features of its conversion to hospitality use…. Read more »

In Memoriam: Jay Michael

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Jay Michael was a bright star on the landscape of Chicago real estate. HPA is saddened to hear of his passing. Jay was one of the most creative individuals we have known. He was a pleasure to work with as our client, both respectful and collaborative. His point of view was refreshing, almost always eschewing… Read more »

Hampton Inn Downtown Chicago Wins 2015 Timmy Award

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The Hampton Inn Downtown Chicago was recognized with a 2015 Timmy Award from the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association (NH&RA). The project, which was the adaptive reuse of the landmarked 1929 Chicago Motor Club skyscraper, received the special Judges’ Award Winner for Achievement in Sustainability. The LEED certified project integrated new high-performance building systems within… Read more »

HPA Supports Movember Fundraiser

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Sixteen brave HPA staffers competed in a friendly office challenge during “Movember,” raising more than $1,300 for the Movember Foundation. Winners of the highest pledges in their category sported their jaunty mustaches on December 1st, which included the Tom Selleck, Clark Gable, Abe Lincoln – and even the Gamemaster from the Hunger Games. Funds were donated to… Read more »

Chicago Athletic Association Wins AIA Chicago Design Excellence Award

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The Chicago Athletic Association was honored with a Design Excellence Award from the Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architecture. The project earned a Citation of Merit in the Distinguished Building category. Jim Plunkard and Paul Alessandro of HPA were joined by Brad Nichols of AJ Capital Partners and Mike Lemmons and Mark Evans of Bulley… Read more »

HPA Interiors Group 15 Year Anniversary

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Chicago, IL (September 30, 2015) The HPA Interiors Group Celebrates 15th Anniversary The HPA Interiors Group is celebrating its 15th anniversary. Since HPA was founded in 1987, the firm has valued interior design as an important aspect of our architectural work. In 2000, HPA formed the Interiors Group to make our building designs more holistic,… Read more »

HPA Receives ASID Illinois Design Excellence Award

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Chicago, IL (September 21, 2015) HPA Receives Design Excellence Award from the ASID Illinois HPA’s Interiors Group was honored with a Design Excellence Award from the Illinois chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). AMLI Lofts was named “First Place – Hospitality” at the Celebration of Design Gala held on September 18, 2015,… Read more »

Parc Huron Earns EPA Top Honors for Energy Efficiency

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Chicago, IL (August 17, 2015) Parc Huron Receives EPA ENERGY STAR Certification Parc Huron, a 221 unit luxury rental high-rise in Chicago’s River north neighborhood, has received ENERGY STAR certification from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). According to the EPA, the ENERGY STAR certification designates the building as “an energy-efficient top performer that saves money… Read more »

Historic Chicago Motor Club Renovation Complete

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Chicago, IL (July 13, 2015) Renovation Brings New Life to Historic Art Deco Skyscraper Following a two-year long renovation, the historic Chicago Motor Club building has reopened as the Hampton Inn Chicago Downtown. The property, which is a Chicago Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, celebrated its grand opening on July… Read more »

No. 9 Walton Breaks Ground

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Chicago, IL (June 30th, 2015) No. 9 Walton Groundbreaking Ceremony On June 29th, 2015 the development and design team celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony for the new No. 9 Walton.  The opening was attended by members of the project team including project developer JDL, financiers Cindat and iStar Financial, project architect Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture, interior designer… Read more »

HPA Submits Design Proposal for Chicago Architectural Biennial Lakefront Kiosk Competition

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Kiosk Design Based on Chicago’s Iconic Rooftop Water Tanks HPA’s design proposal for the Chicago Architecture Biennial Lakefront Kiosk Competition draws inspiration from the iconic rooftop water tanks that historically dotted Chicago’s skyline. The architectural competition was organized by the Chicago Architecture Biennial in partnership with the Chicago Park District, and is intended to support… Read more »

ULI Presents Findings to the City of Woodstock on Courthouse Preservation

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ULI Presents Findings to the City of Woodstock on Courthouse Preservation On April 22, a Urban Land Institute(ULI) Technical Assistance Panel, led by HPA Partner Ray Hartshorne, presented recommendations for the preservation of the Old McHenry County Courthouse property in Woodstock, Illinois. The Courthouse, built in 1858, is part of a largely intact Historic Square… Read more »

HPA Completes New AC Hotel in Chicago

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Chicago, IL (June 6th, 2015) AC Hotel Officially Opens The much anticipated AC Hotel at 630 N. Rush St. in downtown Chicago, has opened. The new property is the first hotel in Illinois for the Marriott-branded, Spain-based AC Hotel chain. HPA served as the architect of record on both the interior and exterior renovation of… Read more »

CREW Chicago Features Harper Court Panel Discussion

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The University of Chicago’s Campus and Community Revitalization was the featured program at CREW Chicago’s December 13th luncheon at the East Bank Club. HPA’s Sophie Bidek was joined by Chris Dillion of Vermillion Development, and Sonya Maluda and James Hennessy of the University of Chicago in a panel discussion about the Harper Court Redevelopment and… Read more »

Landmarks Illinois Honors Hairpin Lofts with Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award

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Landmarks Illinois will honor Hairpin Lofts with a Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award at its annual awards ceremony held today at the InterContinental Chicago Hotel. Recognized in the Rehabilitation Category, the project transformed the landmarked Sachs Building in Chicago’s Logan Square into affordable housing units and a community art center with retail storefronts. An… Read more »

The New York Times Highlights Harper Court

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Harper Court is featured in a New York Times article about the University of Chicago’s community development efforts to revitalize the 53rd Street commercial area northeast of its Hyde Park campus. Currently under construction, Harper Court is a $250 million mixed-use project that includes a 150,000 SF office tower, a 133-room Hyatt Place Hotel and… Read more »

Sophie Bidek Presents at 2012 CREW Network Convention

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Sophie Bidek, AIA, a principal at Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture, will present two conferences at the upcoming 2012 CREW Network Convention & Marketplace at the Hilton Chicago.  Ms. Bidek will lead a walking tour of the Harper Court redevelopment project, part of a learning excursion entitled “Hogwarts in Hyde Park: University of Chicago Campus and Community… Read more »

William Wagner

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William Wagner

Bill Wagner is a veteran architect who has designed and overseen major construction projects, including convention centers, commercial office towers, and higher education facilities.  He excels at leading technical and consultant teams through all phases of development. His projects include the Landmark, a student housing project at the University of Michigan; adaptive re-use of the… Read more »

John Mitchell

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Since joining HPA in 2004, John Mitchell has distinguished himself as a design leader skilled in managing the challenges of complex mixed-use construction. Proving himself an effective project manager and a clear communicator, he has led the design team for some of the firm’s most substantial commissions, including The Powerhouse, the Montrose and Clarendon development,… Read more »

Sophie Bidek

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Sophie Bidek

Sophie Bidek is a partner at Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture and specializes in the architectural design of mixed-use, adaptive-reuse and residential projects. For the major building projects she manages, Sophie bridges design aesthetics with development objectives and community context.  Her portfolio of notable projects includes the 1.1 million SF Harper Court Redevelopment in Chicago’s Hyde Park… Read more »

Megan Zack

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Megan Zack

As a principal and HPA’s Director of Sustainability, Megan Zack has managed and provided sustainability consulting for many of HPA’s most challenging mixed-use and residential projects, including Parc Huron, the first LEED Gold certified apartment tower in Illinois, and Harper Court Redevelopment, which has earned LEED certification in multiple categories. Megan is distinguished by her… Read more »

2000 N. Milwaukee

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HPA designers were challenged to design a building on a unique, pie-shaped site on the six-corner intersection of Armitage St., Milwaukee and Western Aves. The solution was to create a curved brick & glass façade that creates a complete continuous elevation along Milwaukee Ave. The Armitage St. elevation opens up to an all-glass façade and… Read more »

Aracely Nevarez

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Aracely Nevarez

Since joining Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture in 1997, Aracely has led architecture and interior design commissions for corporate and commercial facilities, residential, retail, institutional, and hospitality projects. She is the head of HPA’s interior design studio, and works closely with HPA clients to express and detail cohesive building environments that meet their design visions. Her portfolio… Read more »

Tom Pope

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Tom joined Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture after receiving his Bachelor in Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has been involved in the design, detailing, and management of a wide range of projects, including loft conversions, retail and commercial developments, student housing, and mid- to high-rise multi-unit residential buildings. A partner since 2007, he… Read more »

Paul Alessandro

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Paul Alessandro

Paul Alessandro has more than 25 years of experience in the architectural design of complex mixed-use, residential, cultural and civic projects. He is an expert at restoring and adaptively re-using historic structures, retaining their unique qualities while modernizing them for contemporary use. His award-winning projects include adaptive reuse of the landmarked Chicago Athletic Association; conversion… Read more »

Jim Plunkard

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Jim co-founded Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture with Ray Hartshorne in 1987 with the conviction that Chicago’s urban environment presented a unique platform that challenges and inspires great work. His belief that developer-initiated projects can be both elegant and cost effective has earned Jim a solid reputation as an innovative designer and successful project leader. He is recognized… Read more »

Ray Hartshorne

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Ray Hartshorne

Ray co-founded Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture with Jim Plunkard in 1987 as a studio of versatile architects who combine great design talent with excellent client service. During his nearly 30-year career, his experience has spanned a range of building types – from residential and hospitality projects, to commercial office, retail, and healthcare buildings.  Ray is a… Read more »