Austin Office Announcement

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WE'VE OPENED A NEW OFFICE!


We are expanding our national reach to a very exciting location - Austin, Texas! With over 15 projects in Texas to date, this second location will enable us to respond more quickly and efficiently to the growing needs of our projects in the region. We are excited about this new opportunity to better support our clients in Texas while expanding our presence nationwide.

Our new office is conveniently located at 600 Congress Avenue. Peter Evanich, who recently relocated to Austin, will serve as the primary point of contact and permanent local presence. He is supported by the firm's leadership, who will continue to split their time between Chicago and Austin to promote the unified growth and integration of both studios.

We would like to express our sincere thanks to our clients and partners for their continuous support and cooperation with our firm. We look forward to meeting the residents, businesses, and organizations that make Austin a great place to live and work!

 

Peter Evanich has over a decade of experience in multifamily, single-family, mixed-use, affordable, and educational facilities. He joined PH in 2013 and has since broadened his portfolio to include projects across the country, with work on several high-profile projects, such as Wolf Point East, The Collection, and Christopher House. His most recent project involvement includes work on 80 Rainey in Austin.

Peter is a licensed architect and a natural leader who has earned the respect of his peers. He has been involved in the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) as a member of the Future Leaders Committee (FLC), where he served as its Communications Manager for four years. Peter is also managing the firm’s AIA 2030 Commitment, driving the firm toward sustainable practices.

In Austin, Peter will be providing technical and professional services for projects in Texas and serving as the primary point of contact for local support.

 

America By Design: NEXT Apartments

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NEXT APARTMENTS FEATURED IN CBS AMERICA BY DESIGN: ARCHITECTURE SEASON 1


Timothy Kent and Greg Klosowski participated in CBS's new TV series, America ByDesign: Architecture, walking viewers through the design of NEXT Apartments - a 28-story residential tower situated in Chicago's River North neighborhood. NEXT Apartments, which earned a 3 Green Globes rating, was selected as a feature project by one of the show's sponsors, Green Globe Initiative. The building illustrates an excellent example of asustainable, high-functioning architecture for urban dwellers. Check out episode 3 to see Tim and Greg in action!

The full series is available to stream on the CBS News Streaming Network and YouTube @ByDesignTV.

2022 Pumpkin Carving Contest

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2022 PH PUMPKIN CARVING CONTEST


Once a year at Halloween, our talented PH staff put their skills to the test in a highly competitive pumpkin carving contest.
On this special day, the tables are cleared of drawings and material samples and instead littered with carving tools and pumpkin bits!
Check out the PHamily's inspiring pumpkin creations!

Happy Halloween!


1st Place Winner - Swamp Creature


Team Members: Luke Marczewski, Richard Higgins


2nd Place Winner - Sweet Treat 3.14

Team Members: Chris Woodfin, Justin Palmer, Michael Henning


3rd Place Winner - Confused Pumpkin

Team Members: Javier Ortiz, Scott Schultz


Honorable Mentions! (All Others)

Team Members: Brittany Hardaway, David Mata

Team Member: Chris Chiu

Team Members: David Zielinski, Kristin Ridge, Ovi Olariu

Team Members: Elliot Schwarz, Shahryar Beyzavi

Team Members: Ethan Tsai, Sofia Ramos

Team Member: Greg Klosowski

Team Members: Kathryn Katz, Tim Kent

The Place at Fifth + Broadway Receives AIA Chicago’s Design Excellence Honor Award

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THE PLACE AT FIFTH + BROADWAY RECEIVES AIA CHICAGO'S DESIGN EXCELLENCE HONOR AWARD


We are delighted to share that The Place at Fifth + Broadway has been awarded AIA Chicago's Honor Award for Design Excellence in the Architecture Large category! The PHamily was at DESIGNIGHT on Monday, September 12th, to cheer on our Fifth + Broadway design team: George Pappageorge, Timothy Kent, Gregory Klosowski, and Scott Schultz.

The Place at Fifth + Broadway is a 34-story residential building at the west end of the Fifth + Broadway development in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. The master plan also includes an office building, retail, restaurants, and entertainment components organized along an L-shaped internal alleyway. The rehabilitated city block replaces the city’s former convention center with state-of-the-art facilities that invigorates downtown Nashville and spotlights the city’s vibrant culture renowned for live music, honky-tonks, and nightlife. The residential building’s podium complements this historic urban context while the tower’s modern, gray glass volume stands out as a recognizable feature in the city’s skyline.

 

Challenges and Resolution to Achieve Client/Design Goals

Alleys tucked away from main streets that provide intimate retail and dining experiences are a part of Nashville’s unique streetscape that the client wished to recreate throughout the Fifth + Broadway development. These narrow alleys are a defining theme for the commercial block as well as a key element in the design of the residential building.

The spatial configuration inside takes its cues from the programming of the larger Fifth + Broadway master plan. The L-shaped commercial alley is designed to feel full and compact, and this spatial compression creates a feeling of intimacy that drives human interaction. The heightened energy, as a result, makes the space feel more dynamic and lively. Inside the residential building, various private and semi-private rooms are organized along a central circulation path, recreating the scene outside. Every nook and cranny is an opportunity for different textures and experiences that echoes Fifth + Broadway’s eclectic combination outdoors.

Nashville’s deep-rooted culture of music and entertainment is also mirrored in the collection of unique amenity spaces at The Place at Fifth + Broadway. The building boasts a wide array of aesthetics and materials in each recording room, screening room, business center, gym, yoga studio, and several other indoor and outdoor entertainment spaces. Community lounges and balconies at every third level of the tower are positioned on the east side of the building, allowing residents to visually engage with the entertainment from the commercial scene below.

 

Unique Design Features and Originality of the Design

The design of The Place at Fifth + Broadway is focused around two clear volumes influenced by Nashville’s architectural precedents and the city’s urban lifestyle. With the timeless architectural language of the building’s podium paired with a sleek, elegant tower above, the building’s design represents a thoughtful partnership between traditional and modern values.

A loft-like brick base podium embraces the historical aesthetics found on Broadway and conveys a sense of permanence and age. The iconic main street is full of legacy bars and local’s favorite restaurants, forming a street wall of mostly low-rise buildings comprising mixed brick and terra-cotta details. The base of the residential tower emulates these traditional building features in a continuation of the pedestrian experience along the street.

While the podium is a visually heavier masonry block that melds into the existing streetscape, the tower is a dazzling contrast that lightly rests atop its base, designed to stand out as a recognizable feature in the city’s skyline. Tying the two masses together is a repeating grid pattern that rises from the structural grid of the podium. The apartment tower’s grey glass volume is overlaid by a black aluminum grid designed to anchor the tower and accentuate the building’s form, making it both legible and distinct from the surrounding structures.
 

PH Projects Along the Chicago River

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PH PROJECTS YOU CAN SPOT ALONG THE CHICAGO RIVER!


Summer is quickly approaching and there is no better place to relax and appreciate the beauty of Chicago than the Chicago Riverwalk! Locals and visitors flock to the Chicago River to eat and lounge at waterfront bars, take in dramatic views of iconic skyscrapers during leisurely walks, and partake in one of the best ways to tour the city - an architecture boat tour! Did you know, there are over 25 PH projects that can be seen from the boat rides? When you undoubtedly make your way to the Chicago River this summer, see if you can recognize these various buildings designed and renovated by PH!

2022 Shareholders

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PH ANNOUNCES THE ADDITION OF FOUR NEW SHAREHOLDERS TO ITS OWNERSHIP


We are proud to expand ownership of the firm to Chris Woodfin, Heather Faircloth, Michael Henning, and Luke Marczewski. The new shareholders are representative of PH’s future and encompass a diverse array of backgrounds, perspectives, and talents that enrich our firm. In our quest to promote and design better urban experiences, we continue to foster the talent, processes, and work environment necessary to form a strong foundation for sustained growth. The addition of the new shareholders will allow our company to further implement our collaborative and team-oriented culture.

Congratulations to our new shareholders!

2022 Staff Promotions

2022 SENIOR ASSOCIATE AND ASSOCIATES PROMOTIONS


We are proud to announce the promotion of the following staff members who have performed consistent and exceptional service to our clients, our projects, and the development of our internal capabilities.

Cesar Chavez has been promoted to Associate I. Heather Faircloth, Michael Henning, and Luke Marczewski have all been raised to the Associate II level. Robert Harris has been elevated to the position of Senior Associate.

 


Cesar Chavez, Associate I
Cesar is an experienced architect who excels in programming and developing design concepts. With his experience, Cesar has resolved architectural and construction challenges on some of the firm’s most important high-rise projects, particularly 465 N. Park and K2 Apartments. Cesar has dedicated himself to the architecture profession and enjoys collaboration with clients and colleagues, evident through his recent work on 354 N. Union, a 32-story apartment tower currently under construction in Chicago’s Fulton River District.

 


Heather Faircloth, Associate II
Since joining the practice in 1996, Heather has made substantial contributions to design excellence within the firm. Her creative energies have been applied to several iconic projects in Chicago, from the multiple Museum Park developments in Chicago’s South Loop to 465 N. Park in Streeterville, and to high-rise residential towers in Honolulu. Heather now manages several key projects in Texas, her home state, where she graduated from the University of Texas at Austin.

 


Luke Marczewski, Associate II
Over his 15 years with the firm, Luke has evolved from architectural assistant, to project coordinator, to a very effective project manager responsible for managing many of our important clients. He seeks to provide thoughtful and straightforward designs for projects of all types and scale resulting in memorable modern spaces evident in projects such as the award-winning adaptive reuse project at 3228 W. Palmer, Coeval - a two-tower apartment building, and 1400 S. Wabash - a currently under construction mixed-use high-rise building in Chicago’s South Loop.

 


Michael Henning, Associate II
Michael joined PH with an extensive background in large and small-scale projects at various notable Chicago architecture and design firms. He excels at developing appropriate design concepts and strategies, embracing complex issues as opportunities. During his time with PH, Michael has played invaluable roles in the success of various projects such as Clybourn 1200, a mixed-use mixed-income development in Chicago’s Near North Side honored with multiple national awards. Mike is also a talented artist and his drawings and sketches have been recognized in a number of publications and exhibitions.

 


Robert Harris, Senior Associate
Robert is a dynamic leader who effectively manages projects while fostering a positive client experience throughout the entire process. He successfully merges design excellence with complex program details found in many of the firm’s historic renovation and adaptive reuse projects. He communicates with clients through 3D visualization and other traditional design techniques to create architecture that is sensitive and responsive to context. In addition, Robert is a strong mentor who leads the firm’s technical initiatives, systems research, and QAQC practices.

80 East Rainey Project Progress

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80 EAST RAINEY MIXED-USE HIGH-RISE PROJECT PROGRESS


The project is designed with Austin's Rainey Street neighborhood character in mind, known for its bars, eateries, and nightlife. The project reimagines an infill site along Rainey Street, previously used as a food truck lot, into a high-rise mixed-use tower designed in such a way as to invite and engage the public. Ground-floor retail and alcoves planned into the building’s street frontage create social space and allow for a sidewalk cafe culture. Two historic bungalows are preserved and incorporated into the site plan with a landscaped walkway that acts as a connection point for pedestrians to safely traverse from Rainey Street to the riverfront trails and park to the west.

A contextual planning approach, and a sensitive yet bold architectural vocabulary, shape this project into the heart of Austin's growing community. Masonry brickwork encapsulating the building podium engages local masons to further connect the building to its setting and reaffirm its sense of place in the neighborhood. The residential tower above the garage podium extends the project’s themes with mixed aesthetics that echo the dynamic collection of commercial activities on Rainey Street. Residential amenity levels atop the podium are arranged in staggered tiers that seem to organically erode into the building mass.

 

Project Team: David A. HaymesJeff Renterghem, Greg Klosowski (PM), Javier Ortiz, Sofia Ramos, Michael Henning, Peter Evanich


November 2021 - Design Coordination at PH with Landscape Architect, TBG Partners!


2021 - Project Reveal

Project Goals

- Adhere to the current Rainey district feel and story by providing community spaces for pedestrians
- Provide 10% on-site affordable housing
- Preserve two existing bungalow homes and incorporate them into the new site plan
- Activate the entire Rainey Street frontage
- Connect Rainey Street to the Alley and be a catalyst for future connection of Rainey district to the riverfront trails and the future expansion of the Mexican American cultural center
- Reduce vehicle traffic loads on Rainey Street by moving vehicular access, loading, and pick-up away from the street
- Preserve most of the existing trees on site
- Improve pedestrian experience by providing additional shading, planting oversized trees in front of the property

 

City Context

Austin’s Rainey District is defined by a series of bungalows that have been converted into restaurants and bars over time. The street as a result has become a dynamic nightlife hotspot for dining and entertainment. Rainey Street has recently started attracting urban dwellers due to its proximity to the city center as well as the Colorado River and the riverfront green space.

City Context Map by Landscape Architect, TBG Partners
Building Context Diagram

 

Existing Site Conditions

The site currently operates as a food truck lot and is occupied by two bungalows which currently operate as bars.

Existing Site Conditions by Landscape Architect, TBG Partners

 

Site Plan

Facing the street will be various retail and restaurants while the preserved bungalows will provide additional use as commercial space. Between the main building and the bungalows will be a landscaped garden and walkway connecting Rainey Street to the riverfront park and trails.

Site Plan by Landscape Architect, TBG Partners

 

Human Experience Vignette - Public Realm

Rendering by Landscape Architect, TBG Partners
Rendering by Landscape Architect, TBG Partners
Rendering by Landscape Architect, TBG Partners

The 2021 Recap

THE 2021 RECAP


Illinois Forest Preservation Photo Exhibit

MOMENTS IN NATURE


Ken DeMuth, AIA, is a recognized expert in adaptive reuse and historic preservation of buildings. Still, his passion for conservation extends beyond architecture to Illinois's natural forests and prairies. Ken is a member of the Spring Creek Stewards that volunteers in the 7,000 acre Spring Lake Forest Preserve and often spends his time out of the office to keep invasive species away and help restore the land to its “pre-settlement” condition. His efforts include historic settlement research, landscape documentation, and botany-related fieldwork coordinated with Forest Preserve naturalists to reverse engineer the original prairie state.

While Ken has been actively working to restore the natural landscapes of Illinois, he has managed to capture on camera some extraordinary moments in nature. Ken was invited to display his collection of photographs at the Citizens of Conservation Art Show. Below are Ken’s photos from the art show and a few others from his private collection!

 

Mud Lake

 

Downed Trees

 

The Robber Fly

 

Back 40

 

Rosewind

 

Silk Net

 

Cone Flower Heads

 

Donlea Oak

 

Bur Oaks at the 160

 

Pearl in Spring Creek

 

Damselflies

 

Royal Catchfly, Coneflowers and Wild Bergamot

 

Tiger Butterfly

 

Milkweed

 

Tufted Sedge Meadow

 

Sedge Meadow

 

Ice Formation 1

 

Ice Formation 2

 

Ice Formation 3

 

Frosted web

1203 North California Project Progress

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1203 NORTH CALIFORNIA PROJECT PROGRESS


A new 9-story residential building is under development at the vacant corner of California Ave & Division Street in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood. The site anchors the western gateway to the Paseo Boricua, the vibrant art district and commercial corridor extending to Western Avenue. Hispanic Housing Development Corp. is leading the project to construct 64 apartments targeted to families in the community who seek affordable alternatives to relocating out of the area. The program also includes a large multi-story mural by local artist Antonio Beniquez celebrating Humboldt Park’s multicultural heritage, ground-floor retail, indoor parking spaces, a multi-purpose outdoor recreation terrace, and space for sidewalk markets and cafes. Occupancy is scheduled for 2023.

Project Team: Ken DeMuth (PM), Justin Palmer


December 17, 2021 - Design Reveal

Context:
The building replaces a vacant lot located at California and Divison St. along the west end of the Paseo Boricua, whose transition location between a park, residential district, and thriving commercial corridor is ideally suited to encourage a pedestrian-oriented lifestyle that supports aging in place and handicapped individuals. Within walking distance are grocery stores, banking, a hospital, a public park, and other commercial goods and services. The added population of the boiling will serve to bolster existing businesses while invigorating pedestrian activity for a more vibrant and secure community.


 

Site Design:
The building responds to the distinguishing characteristics of its corner site. Division St. is an active commercial corridor and is fronted with a facade of traditional masonry materials articulated by entrances and storefronts. The wide walkways will accommodate outdoor market and cafe uses for ground-level tenants to engage with the passersby. The corner space is designed as a meeting room suited to public and private uses intended to facilitate the building's role as community-oriented. The residential entry at California is given room for visual and spatially identity, recessed and marked with graphics and an illuminated entry cover. The existing bus shelter on California Ave maintains its place free from competing entries and displays with a visual connection to the Lobby for user convenience. Service functions and parking are relegated to the rear freeing the street fronts of four curb cuts.

 

Public Realm:
The building contributes to the public realm by 'completing the street' and turning the corner to provide a commercial facade extension to California Ave. The art and cultural expressions of the paseo will be celebrated through a commissioned multi-story, multi-facade mural installation applied to the north side and extending to the west.

 

The Mural:
Antonio Beniquez, a long-time Humboldt Park area resident, is the original artist responsible for the famed "Humboldt" mural on the building wall facing the project site. The giant mural was a tribute to the neighborhood where he grew up attending the annual Puerto Rican parade on the Paseo Boricua. Antonio will once again be responsible for a new mural on the exposed north side of the building's wall, which will be highly visible driving south on N. California Ave and from Humboldt Park.

 

Massing:
The building utilizes a mass that anchors the corner, with frontages oriented to the park and the east skyline for best views and light. It also results in a 2nd-floor open terrace space fronting on Division St that is both semi-protected and well illuminated by the sun. The building is organized around a traditional base, middle and top format to provide a readily understood compositional theme that transitions stylistic conventions that are sensibly digestible in an architectural way.

 

Facade:
The facade incorporates masonry trim and face brick materials at ground level that are in harmony with vintage facades and scale of Division St. As the structure moves to the corner and rises, the articulation becomes modular and repetitive with contemporary phenolic rain screen panels, tinted glass, and painted aluminum. The building's corner is anchored with a vertical glazed shaft which serves to bookend the western terminus of the commercial paseo.

 

Construction:
The project will utilize a poured in place, post-tension concrete structure supported by drilled caissons. The building skin is an insulated metal stud assembly faced with rain screen ventilated cavity assemblies of brick veneer, stone panels, and high-pressure pressed phenolic panels with integral colors or graphics. The roof and terrace utilize pedestal-supported precast architectural pavers with a modular vegetated extensive green roof system over an insulated membrane.

 

Sustainability:
The project will achieve a 100pt score following the Chicago Sustainable Development Policy designed to meet Energy Star; exceeding the Chicago Energy Code by 10%; providing a Green Roof; reducing indoor water usage by 25%; providing proximity to qualified transit services; providing EV vehicle charging ready facilities; and providing CTA digital display. Many other features that are best practices in resource-efficient construction are incorporated for a durable building that will continue to be owned and managed by the developer.

Carissa Davis Promoted to Controller

CARISSA DAVIS PROMOTED TO CONTROLLER


We are pleased to announce the promotion of Carissa Davis to the position of Controller. Carissa joined PH in 2003 and has served in the roles of Project Accountant, Staff Accountant, and most recently served in the position of Assistant Controller. This promotion recognizes the contributions Carissa has made to PH during her tenure with the firm. Please join us in congratulating Carissa as she takes on this new responsibility!

2021 PH Pumpkin Carving Contest

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2021 PH PUMPKIN CARVING CONTEST


The annual PH pumpkin carving contest is here!

A time when PH architects get to reminisce on the long grueling hours in architecture school making models with an X-Acto knife in hand, realizing that architecture school did in fact prepare us for the real world: carving the best pumpkin on the block!

Check out the winning pumpkins from this year and all other honorable mentions!

Happy Halloween!


1st Place Winner - Baby Yoda

Team Members: Michael Henning, Justin Palmer


2nd Place Winner - Mummy

Team Members: Greg Klosowski, Robert Harris, Chris Chiu


3rd Place Winner - Puffer Fish

Team Members: David A. Haymes, Kathryn Katz


Honorable Mentions! (All Others)

40 Years in 40 Seconds

An Urban Project: 465 North Park

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AN URBAN PROJECT: 465 NORTH PARK


Three key factors needed to be addressed at the site of 465 North Park: the built environment, the natural environment, and the social context. The project is sited in the city’s prestigious Streeterville neighborhood at the gateway to one of Chicago’s most famous tourist destinations, Navy Pier. The city block that the building is located borders the Chicago River to the South, Lake Michigan and the Ogden Slip to the East, and North Columbus Drive, one of nine routes that link the northern and southern halves of the city, flanks the block to the West. Surrounding the site is historic architecture and commercial buildings, including the modern Loews Tower and the Chicago Tribune Tower whose view corridor restricted the height of construction on the southern portion of the site.

“The elegantly curved facades of the elliptical towers provide visual relief (as opposed to harsh corners) by opening up sightlines past the building in all directions towards iconic buildings (built environment) and towards the lake (natural environment).” - Christopher Chiu

The chosen plan was one derived from an overlay of three ellipses. Christopher Chiu, who was an integral part of the CD and CA stages of the project, remarks, “the elegantly curved facades of the elliptical towers provide visual relief (as opposed to harsh corners) by opening up sightlines past the building in all directions towards iconic buildings (built environment) and towards the lake (natural environment).” This approach engaged the rectangular Loews Tower as a more organic counterpart. Its slender profile pushed to the corner made 465 North Park seem the taller of the pair from some angles. The elliptical plans were overlaid and canted in a way that conserves the Tribune Tower’s sightlines, allows for sweeping panoramic views in all directions, and admits natural light across the entire depth of the floor plates. The full-height window walls reflect the immediate context, thereby further reducing the appearance of a visual obstruction when viewed from the exterior.

At a social level, 465 North Park receives heavy foot traffic from those who work in the city as well as tourists. With the north facade of the building base making up a part of the street wall that leads to Navy Pier, there was an opportunity for visual as well as physical interaction between the building and the pedestrians. The elliptical form of the tower flows down to the front, southwest corner of the site, allowing the tower to engage the street and bring focus to the first floor retail spaces. The tower masses are thoughtfully pulled back from the property lines above the 4-story podium to divert its imposing height from the street level. An internal parking lot rising five stories inside the core is screened from view by residential units wrapping the lower floors along the two primary street fronts. Heather Faircloth designed the laminated dwellings on the face of the garage podium which both hides the parking garage and creates active space above the retail that further strengthens the urban connection. The 2-story loft-style townhome units just under the 6th-floor amenity deck are high enough off the ground to reduce noise from the city and still enjoy people watching on the street below. These units at the base of the building are some of the most expensive and sought-after rentals in the development.

Exchanges within the building mass are also treated as an extension of the social context. Interaction is encouraged through the open floor plans of the nearly one acre of interior and exterior amenity spaces spread over three different levels. The amenity spaces include lounges in both expansive and intimate settings, a business center, conference room, demonstration kitchen and dining room, swimming pool, and lushly landscaped gardens. Replete with high-end finishes and details, Christopher Chiu notes how "the amenity draws residents to linger, socialize or explore while soaking up the views on all sides.” Despite the sprawling size of the main amenity deck on the 6th floor, residents get a sense of being cradled inside the urban context with a direct connection to the city. The niche dining and grilling stations, fire pits and planters scattered throughout the amenity decks also provide semi-confined spaces for smaller-scale interactions without giving up the views.