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  AmeriSuites O’Hare, Page 41AmeriSuites O’Hare
Architects
A. Epstein & Sons
600 W. Fulton, Chicago, IL 60661

Location: 
Chicago, Illinois
Total Square Feet: 191,600
Construction Period: Mar 2000 to May 2001


Construction Team
General Contractor: BABCO Construction, Inc. - 1723 Howard Street, Evanston, IL 60202
Structural Engineer: A. Epstein & Sons International - 600 W. Fulton, Chicago, IL 60661
Electrical Engineer: Forbes Electrical Services - 2600 West Van Buren Street, Bellwood, IL 60104
Mechanical Engineer: Heatmasters - 5540 W. Lawrence Avenue, Chicago, IL 60630
Landscape Architect: Wolf Clements - 417 S. Dearborn, Chicago, IL 60605
Cost Estimator: BABCO Construction, Inc. - 1723 Howard Street, Evanston, IL 60202

Chicago's first AmeriSuites Hotel opened its doors in May of 2001 on one of the most visible and well-known sites in the city. Situated along the north end of the Kennedy Expressway at 8101 W. Higgins, the development, designed by A. Epstein & Sons International, is the exciting undertaking by partners Miglin Properties, Friedman Properties, and First Hospitality Group.

The hotel boasts of 245 guest suites that offer a separate living area with a kitchenette. In addition to the all-suite rooms, an indoor swimming pool, a striking two-story lobby, exercise facilities, over 8,000 square feet of conference space and the exclusive Marilyn Miglin Boutique are included. An Outback Steakhouse located in the first floor restaurant space is coming soon. Standing on a fully-landscaped, two-acre site that includes above and underground parking for over 130 cars, the hotel is just minutes from O'Hare International Airport, the All-State Arena and the Rosemont Theatre, and is easily accessible to downtown Chicago via the Kennedy Expressway and the CTA blue-line.

Started in March of 2000, the construction of the 245-room hotel is a steel frame and glazed curtain wall structure with composite steel deck floors, and pre-cast concrete, metal panel and EIFS columns running the height of both towers. The mechanical system includes 2-pipe horizontal fan coil units with chilled water cooling and electric heating serving the guest suites and 600 tons of cooling supplied by the rooftop chillers supplement the fan coils in all public areas. 

Renovation of the 10-story structure included all new plumbing, electrical, fire protection and life safety systems. A new hydraulic service elevator and an electric geared shuttle car add to the existing tower's three passenger elevators to service the entire hotel.

Manufacturers/Suppliers
DIV 07: EIFS: Senergy; EPDM Roofing, Insulation: Firestone; Metal: Berridge Manufacturing.
DIV 08: Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer; Curtainwall: Texas Wall Systems.
 


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