Cars’ Jewel Box
A current Chicago West Loop construction has a parking lot clad in Wall-PF1, Bendheim’s patented facade system with large integrated specifications and a remarkable modern look thanks to great architecture firms
West Madison 727 is a 45-story housing tower engineered for builders F&F Realty and Fifield Realty Corp. by FitzGerald Associates architects. The tower is on the East end of its site, with its elliptical scheme, where flats look away towards the neighboring Loop and Lake Michigan. A 376-car parking garage with ground retail is situated on the west side of the site near Halsted Street. The contoured tower, with deluxe rentals ranging from small condos to three-bedroom configurations, refers to the attractiveness of the West Loop area, while the blocky garage relates to busy Halsted, lengthy the north-south core of Greektown and its many restaurants.
Two kinds of glass are used to cover the five floors of the parking structure: white embossed glass in angled panels facing Madison on the north and a corresponding high level on the south; and fried glass in flush form facing Halsted on the west, with a design pattern. The Bendheim Wall-PF1 system uses three heights of the open-ventilated parking garage (Chicago’s favorite approach over expensive mechanically-ventilated garage). The patentable system uses the patentable’ smart mechanical fittings that are field-adjustable to mount monumental decorative glass furnaces’ in Bendheim.
The panels in 727 West Madison are 3’x 10′ (1 mx 3 m), each with four compression clips connected to the concrete structure. With the films, the glass does not need silicones, mastics or tapes, nor does the glass have to be boiled or notched in place. The standard steel clips carry glass in a rotating recessed and projected location on the north and south façades. The designed steel clips on northern and southern façades carry the glass rotating in / out, recessed and projected locations, giving it a subtle texture lying over the horizontal openings of the frame. The 8-inch (20 cm) gap between staggered panels guarantees that 20 percent of the façade area is still open and thus meets the requirements for natural ventilation of the Chicago building code— and fortunately does so in style