CHICAGO, Ill. — LG Electronics USA is connecting architects, building engineers and designers with true-life examples of how advances in commercial air conditioning and display technology helped transform an iconic landmark building into a 21st century hotel.
This past week at the historic Chicago Motor Club building – an Art-Deco landmark built nearly 100 years ago in Illinois and now reborn as a LEED-certified Hampton by Hilton hotel – LG conducted private tours of the property’s rooftop and guest rooms for a unique behind-the-scenes look at the technology behind the property’s renovation.
LG’s “Living Case Study: Innovative HVAC Application in a Landmark Hotel,” highlighted the Multi V IV Heat Recovery system, ductless Art Cool Mirror in-room units and the AC Smart IV thermostat, all of which were installed during the renovation. LG also demonstrated its Art Cool Gallery air conditioner and industry-leading hotel TVs featuring the Pro:Centric interactive platform.
Kevin McNamara, vice president and general manager for LG Electronics USA’s air conditioning business, called the project “a unique opportunity to transform a landmark-status building into a modern, functioning hotel.” First and foremost, it was imperative that the renovated building maintain its original appearance and its status in National Register of Historic Places, he explained.
A major challenge in the renovation was to install a heating and air conditioning system that would allow the Chicago Motor Club building to maintain its architectural integrity, while also serving a practical purpose in the building’s new role as a hotel – providing the ultimate in guest comfort. It was also essential that any HVAC equipment installed in the Chicago Motor Club building address installation challenges due to limited interior and rooftop space and offer conditioning options that efficiently respond to Chicago’s exceptionally cold winters.
Today, the Chicago Motor Club building, located steps off of Chicago’s famous Magnificent Mile, is the Hampton Inn Chicago Downtown, a 17-story hotel that houses 143 guest rooms.
Working with Bill Hoch, regional sales engineer, LG Electronics USA Commercial Air Conditioning Systems, Midwest Applied Solutions oversaw the installation of the LG Multi V IV system currently in-use at the hotel: an updated, efficient heating and cooling system that reflects the enhanced values of the historic downtown hotel without disturbing or disrupting the building’s iconic – and protected – architecture.
Complementing LG air conditioning solutions in enhancing the guest experience for Hampton by Hilton guests are LG hotel TVs, noted Mike Kosla, vice president, hospitality commercial displays, LG Electronics USA.
For more information about the complete portfolio of LG air conditioning systems featured in “LG’s Living Case Study: Innovative HVAC Application in a Landmark Hotel,” visit www.lghvac.com.