News
03.14.2011
Feature> The In Crowd: Best of the Midwest
University of Minnesota Duluth Civil Engineering Building, Hanson Structural Precast, Ross Barney Architects.
Kate Joyce Studios

 

The year 2010 was no banner year for anything, but even with the sluggish economy some wonderful buildings opened, boasting innovative structural engineering, rich materials, and refined forms. Looking back at the year, we’ve selected some of the region’s best projects, all in Chicago or by Chicago-based architects, and asked them to share the names of the collaborators, sources, and consultants that made these projects stand out.

Below is a sample listing from AN's annual Midwest best of issue. Additional categories include General Contractor / Project Manager, Materials, Facade and Curtain Wall, Interiors, Sustainability, Lighting, and Consultants. If you would like to purchase a full print edition of this feature, please contact The Architect's Newspaper at 212-966-0630.

 

Engineers:
Civil / Environmental / MEP / Multi-disciplinary / Structural

 

Civil / Environmental

JJR
35 East Wacker, Chicago;
312-641-0510

MSA Professional Services
301 West First St., Duluth, MN;
608-356-2771

Ruettiger, Tonelli & Associates
2174 Oneida St., Joliet, IL;
815-744-6600


Spaceco
9575 West Higgins Rd., Rosemont, IL;
847-696-4060

 

MEP

Cosentini Associates
1 South Wacker Dr., Chicago;
312-201-7400

 
dbHMS Design Build Engineering
303 West Erie, Chicago;
312-915-0557

Dunham
50 South 6th St.,
Minneapolis, MN;
612-465-7550

Elara Engineering
30 North Wolf Rd., Hillside, IL;
708-236-0300

Hallberg Engineering
1750 Commerce Ct.,
White Bear Lake, MN;
651-748-1100
WMA Consulting Engineers
815 South Wabash Ave., Chicago;
312-786-4310
 
MULTIdisciplinary

AECOM
605 3rd Ave., New York;
212-973-2900

ARUP
155 Ave. of the Americas,
New York;
212-229-2669

Buro Happold
100 Broadway, New York;
212-334-2025
 
Structural

CS Associates
4532 West 103rd St.,
Oak Lawn, IL;
708-422-5306

Halvorson & Partners
600 West Chicago Ave., Chicago;
312-274-2401
 
Magnusson Klemencic Associates
111 South Wacker Dr.,
Chicago;
312-683-1200

Tuschall
15 West 79th St., Burr Ridge, IL; 630-655-9100

MBJ Consulting
Structural Engineers
501 Lake Ave. South,
Duluth, MN;
612-338-0713

Robert Darvas Associates
440 South Main St.,
Ann Arbor, MI;
734-761-5236

 

Best of the Midwest.

Gary Comber College Prep, Norcon, John Ronan Architects.
Steve Hall/Hedrich Blessing
 

“In addition to being part of the initial design and planning team for the vertical expansion, Walsh Construction faced the very real challenge of building 300 East Randolph. The foresight in their planning and strength of their leadership were key to making this unprecedented project of building on top of a fully occupied tower a success.”


Joe Dolinar,
Goettsch Partners
 

“As general contractors on Gary Comer College Prep, Norcon did a great job delivering a high quality product in a compressed construction schedule and under challenging site conditions.”


John Ronan,
John Ronan Architects
 

Magnusson Klemencic Associates Engineers were great to work with on the Columbia College Media Production Center. For being a single story building, there are a lot of structural concerns, and some pretty substantial foundations on a tight urban site with fairly sandy Lake Front soils.”


Margaret Cavanaugh,
Studio Gang Architects
 

Elara Engineering was instrumental in realizing the complex mechanical concepts of the Klarchek Information Commons.”


Devon Patterson,
Solomon Cordwell Buenz

Compiled by Alan G. Brake, Aaron Seward, Linh Thoi, and Cindy Yewon Chun.