Update, April of 2012: Construction is about to restart to complete the project and remove The Mummy's bandages. Read all about it here.
click images for larger viewIt didn't take much. Just a good uptick from the dismal post-crash occupancy rates, and we've got new hotels coming out of our ears. Richard Branson is converting the Rapp & Rapp designed 203 North Wabash into a 250 room Virgin Hotel (hopefully, non-virgins will also be admitted.) Aries Capital is looking to make the Art Deco Chicago Motor Club Building into a hotel. As of last July, plans were still in place to make a dozen floors of Mies van der Rohe's IBM building into a Langham Hotel. And just last week, the Sun-Times David Roeder was reporting a hotel conversion may also be in the future of the London Guarantee Building at Wacker and Michigan. And then there's those three new River North hotels under construction with 600 rooms that we discussed yesterday.
But just a few blocks away, there it is, just as it has been since 2008, when the money ran out and construction stopped: the Staybridge Suites Hotel at 127 West Huron. The handsome, sculpted design, by Valerio Dewalt Train, made use of innovative staggered truss framing for a lighter weight structure. Ironically, the other advantage of staggered truss is speed of construction.
Oxford Capital Group website, linking to a no longer available article in Crain's.