renaissance chicago downtown hotel case study

In the heart of downtown, with the winding Chicago River at its feet, Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel is in a prime location where business, theater, shopping and recreation merge. However, 25 years after it was built, the hotel wasn't capitalizing on that key asset. Read more about how CharterSills and partners changed that. 

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25 Things You Didn't Know About Me

More Fascinating Facts About the CharterSills Team
In a recent post, we started a series where we share interesting facts about the people behind CharterSills. This month we feature Erin Held, Design Director, and Sean Murphy, Senior Project Lighting Designer:

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Trading Glare Bombs for Tight Beams

There is no doubt that the near-term future of lighting belongs to the LED.

Inexorably, LEDs have replaced traditional lighting sources in our homes, offices and workplaces. The urban landscape has been forever altered by bright, white LED street and pedestrian lighting. Buildings soar into the sky illuminated as beacons to be seen for miles.

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25 Things You Didn't Know About Me

In a recent post, we started a series where we share interesting facts about the people behind CharterSills. This month we feature Mark Sills, Design Principal, and Chris Lewis, Project Lighting Designer:

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Make A Huge Difference in Just One Week

Make A Huge Difference in Just One Week

I’m looking for a few good volunteers. Specifically, I’m inviting peers from our industry to join me in framing out a home for a very low-income family over the course of just one week. Know anyone? Are you interested yourself?

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25 Things You Didn't Know About Me

Fascinating Facts About the CharterSills Team
Do you find that you can work closely with people, but rarely know much about them? Since that’s often the case — and because we also have really cool people on our staff — we wanted to share some random, interesting facts about the people behind CharterSills.

This month we feature Warren Charter, Design Principal, and Kristin Grube, Lighting Designer:

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Warm White 3k Lamp is the New High Fructose Corn Syrup

The Warm White 3k LED lamp is a revered color temperature. With all the comfort and warmth of a cozy campfire, it’s the comfort lighting we crave and ask for, specifically in our office work environment. Plus, everyone looks healthier basking under the glow of warm LEDs. And it’s important how we are perceived by others, right? Beauty over substance?

Let me risk banishment and go out on a limb by suggesting that a color temperature higher in the kelvin range — moving away from 3,000k and closer to 6,000k — is a better lighting solution for the workplace.

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Northern Trust Case Study

One of Chicago’s bedrock financial institutions wanted to add a contemporary feel to its headquarters lobby, while still maintaining a sense of strength and stability. See how CharterSills supported that goal through streamlined architectural lighting, in collaboration with architect Harley Ellis Devereaux. 

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Did Somebody Say Incandescent?

Very exciting stuff …

Just last year, LEDs were poised to take over the world. Legislation mandating efficiency drove incandescent bulbs from store shelves. Halogen bulbs were banished to the “specialty bulbs” section. Energy codes made it hard to use a screw base in a new luminaire.

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