Xavier Awarded Engineering News Record Regional Best Project

Posted by GREC Architects on 10/4/16 4:27 PM

Last week, XavierApartments at 625 W. Division Street in Chicago was named as Engineering News Record's Best of the Midwest Residential/Hospitality project. 

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Topics: Hospitality, Multi-Family Housing, Awards, residential

Forms and Views

Posted by GREC Architects on 8/30/16 10:30 AM


Abstracts, patterns, views or structural feats all present in and around our current Chicago project sites. 

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Topics: Construction Process, Adaptive Reuse

Extended-Stay Hotel in Fulton Market

Posted by GREC Architects on 7/22/16 5:27 PM

Crain's Chicago reported on a new development at the corner of North Halsted and West Lake Streets.  GREC Architects will be designing the project in close collaboration with the project development team which includes Shapack Partners, Focus Development and Atlantic Realty Partners.

This is the third hotel project for GREC Architects in the Fulton Market District. 

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Topics: Fulton Market, Historic Districts, Hospitality

Wasted Market: Material Forecasting

Posted by Aaron Kalfen on 7/15/16 5:01 PM

The second part of our "Wa$ted Market" coverage comes from studio member Aaron Kalfen. Similar to John's experience, Aaron found that access and awareness were significant hurdles for efficient reuse of building materials. Aaron explains further the solutions he and his team explored.

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Topics: Wasted Market, Innovation, Material Reuse, Recycling, archeworks

Wasted Market: Collections in Transit

Posted by John Knuteson on 6/13/16 3:42 PM


A few months ago we introduced the certificate program "Wa$ted Market" from ARCHEWORKS. Two of our associates, John Knuteson and Aaron Kalfen were participants, while Charles Chambers advised the program as faculty. Here, John Knuteson reflects on the ideas that the project inspired and the actions his team explored during the 12-week session. He details a deeper understanding of material waste as well as his new perspective on owning responsibility for change. 

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Topics: Wasted Market, Material Reuse, Recycling, archeworks

GREC Architects Take Action for National Rebuilding Day

Posted by GREC Architects on 5/6/16 4:50 PM

Last weekend, 15 GREC employees braved the unseasonable cold to participate in National Rebuilding Day. Organized by the Metro Chicago chapter of Rebuilding Together, National Rebuilding Day is focused on repairing the homes of those in low-income or under served communities. Every year on the last Saturday of April, Rebuilding Together affiliates work to preserve their mission of improving and  maintaining neighborhoods through home repairs and modifications. 

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Topics: Construction Process

Expanding the Used Building Material Market

Posted by GREC Architects on 3/10/16 3:08 PM
Three designers from GREC Architects were selected to participate in an Archeworks Public Interest Design Certificate Program, WA$TED MARKETCharles Chambers as faculty and John Knuteson and Aaron Kalfen as participants .
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Topics: Wasted Market, Innovation

ACE Hotel DTLA - Inside out

Posted by GREC Architects on 3/10/16 3:07 PM

The United Artists Theater on South Broadway in Downtown Los Angeles on South Broadway exchanged many hands before it made it to the creative clutches of the ACE Hotel. It was not the first renovation project on Broadway in Downtown LA thanks to the Bringing Back Broadway campaign, a plan set forth by the City of Los Angeles to reinvigorate the historic corridor of South Broadway by stimulating economic development like rehabilitating forgotten theaters. 

The theater and accompanying tower were a cumbersome puzzle awaiting it’s return to glory. This post will be the first of two to commemorate the 4 year anniversary of deconstruction and historic preservation at 929 South Broadway.

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Topics: Ace Hotel DTLA, Construction Process, Adaptive Reuse

Fulton-Randolph Market's Historic significance

Posted by GREC Architects on 3/10/16 3:06 PM

Two of our newest projects situated in the West Loop of downtown Chicago relay historically significant pasts.  311 North Morgan Street lies within the newly defined Historic Fulton-Randolph Market District (pictured above) and was originally built 123 years ago in 1893,  and 165 North Desplaines Street which sits on the site of the 1886 Haymarket Riot. 

Chicago at the turn of the 20th century was a burgeoning metropolitan and the concurrently developing Randolph-Fulton market was not only a direct implication of these changes but also a driving force behind the new economy.  A few details and images helped us understand why these sites are so important to Chicago and why their preservation is key. 

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Topics: Fulton Market, Randolph Street, Haymarket Square, Historic Districts

The New GREC ARCHITECTS News and Ideas Blog

Posted by GREC Architects on 3/10/16 2:32 PM

We've recently launched our news and ideas blog to keep notes, thoughts and inspiration in one place. Stay tuned for project updates, exciting press and engaging content!

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