Hyatt Center

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Hyatt Center
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Hyatt Center
General information
Location Chicago Loop, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Address 71 South Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, 60606
Opening 2005
Owner Irvine Company
Design and construction
Developer Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
Website
www.hyattcenter.com

Hyatt Center is an American office tower in Chicago completed in 2005. The 48-story skyscraper stands at 679 feet (207 m) on 71 South Wacker Drive. It is owned by the Irvine Company.

Pei Cobb Freed & Partners' striking elliptical steel and glass design is reminiscent of Tour EDF, a skyscraper in Paris, France designed by the same firm.

The 1,765,000 square foot (164,000 m²) building contains 65,000 cubic yards (50,000 m³) of concrete and 12,000 tons of structural steel. It took about 2,700 truckloads to excavate the building's foundation, and 1,300,000 man hours over nearly two years to finish. Twenty-eight high speed elevators serve Hyatt Center.

The building features extensive landscape design by Chicago's Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects, both inside and outside, from bamboo groves, complete with fountains, lining the modern lobby to lush green grass in raised curved stone planters on the building's south side. The Hyatt Center also contains art panels by Keith Tyson and a trompe l'oeil mural by Ricci Albenda.

The anchor tenants of the building include Hyatt Hotels Corporation - floors 10 through 17 - and Mayer Brown LLP - floors 32,33 and 36-43. The floor 2 cafe is available to all tenants and registered guests.

Previous concept[edit]

Originally, the Pritzker Realty Group intended for British architect Lord Norman Foster to design what was then called Pritzker Tower to house the offices of the Global Hyatt Corporation and other family holdings. However, plans for the 60-story building were scrapped due to financial considerations and the uncertainty of global events after the terrorist attacks on 9/11.

Security[edit]

Being the first high rise built in Chicago post 9/11, Kroll Security Group, the Security Consulting and Engineering division of Kroll, Inc., was hired as the security consultant for the project providing complete security systems design.

Lobby[edit]

The bamboo in the lobby suffered transfer shock in November 2016. The bamboo was supposed to be taken offsite for revival, but the increase of pandas around the dumpster brings this claim into question. A Cry-In for the bamboo was held on December 1st 2016.

Café 71 announced December 2nd they will feature a bamboo heavy menu the weak of December 5th.

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