The Gwen

Guest Room and Public Space Renovations

Guest Room and Public Space Renovations - Chicago, IL


G/BA collaborated with Fujikawa Johnson Gobel Architects to provide engineering design and construction administration services for the renovation of 311 guest rooms and public space in this boutique hotel.


Located in the landmark McGraw-Hill building on the Magnificent Mile, The Gwen features 311 guest rooms and 15,000 square feet of event space. The recently renovated hotel pays homage to pioneer Chicago sculptor Gwen Lux, who designed the building’s Art Deco facade and architectural sculpture in 1927. The project focused on engineering design and construction administration services for the renovation of public spaces and guest rooms.

Public space renovations included:

  • Renovation of the ground floor entry and fifth-floor lobby.
  • A relocated lobby bar.
  • HVAC modifications to the air distribution system in the lobby and restaurant.
  • Plumbing alterations for new kitchen equipment in the pantry and bar. New gas piping was also provided for fire features on the fifth-floor terrace.
  • Electrical improvements throughout, including light fixture replacements in the porte cochere and fifth-floor lobby; reconfigured power for the new pantry and bar; and new lighting and power for the lobby.

Guest room renovations included:

  • Renovation of 311 guestrooms, including 12 mobility-accessible rooms.
  • Conversion of three standard guestrooms to mobility-accessible rooms.
  • New plumbing fixtures in all rooms.
  • ADA fixture upgrades for mobility-accessible rooms.
  • Upgrades to power, including new receptacles. New switches and luminaires, wall sconces, illuminated vanity mirrors, and chandeliers.
  • Upgrades to the fire alarm system to accommodate architectural modifications.