Michigan Avenue Plaza

Michigan Avenue Plaza in Chicago, Illinois

Michigan Avenue Plaza Canopy (pictured) at Boulevard Tower in ChicagoThe addition of a bold red canopy to the decades-old Boulevard Towers at 225 Michigan Avenue has provided the buildings with a new distinctive basing in the Chicago architectural landscape.

The buildings' original design was completed in the early 1980's by Fujikawa Johnson Associates. In the early 21st century, a design team was assembled raise the building's profile.

The new addition of new crimson canopy was imagined by FGM Architects and made possible by a design team including A. Zahner Company, H+P Engineering , and Reed Construction for the client MB Real Estate in Chicago.

Zahner was brought on to design and engineer the system, as well as providing the manufacture and installation of the prefabricated components of the distinctive red awning. Fabricated in aluminum panels with a red protective enamel coating, the understructure is made possible by a lightweight ZEPPS® framework of preassembled panels.

Photo of The red aluminum canopy for Michigan Avenue Plaza in Chicago

The red aluminum canopy for Michigan Avenue Plaza in Chicago.
Photo © A. Zahner Co.

Construction photo shows a man standing on the top of the Michigan Avenue Plaza awning in Chicago

Construction photo shows a man standing on the top of the Michigan Avenue Plaza awning in Chicago.
Photo © A. Zahner Co.

Photo of Construction photo of the Michigan Avenue Plaza awning in Chicago

Construction photo of the Michigan Avenue Plaza awning in Chicago.
Photo © A. Zahner Co.

Photo of the Michigan Avenue Plaza awning in Chicago

Construction photo of the Michigan Avenue Plaza awning in Chicago.
Photo © A. Zahner Co.

Photo of View of the red painted aluminum canopy from Michigan Avenue in Chicago

View of the red painted aluminum canopy from Michigan Avenue in Chicago.
Photo © A. Zahner Co.

Photo of Detail of the Michigan Avenue Plaza canpopy ceiling panels

Detail of the Michigan Avenue Plaza canpopy ceiling panels.
Photo © A. Zahner Co.

Photo of Detail of the Michigan Avenue Plaza canpopy ceiling panels

Detail of the Michigan Avenue Plaza canpopy ceiling panels.
Photo © A. Zahner Co.

Photo of The canopy continues into the building's interior lobby, where an interior lighting system was integrated

The canopy continues into the building's interior lobby, where an interior lighting system was integrated.
Photo © A. Zahner Co.

Photo of Detail of the recessed lighting system detailed in the aluminum canopy's ceiling panels.

Detail of the recessed lighting system detailed in the aluminum canopy's interior ceiling panels.
Photo © A. Zahner Co.

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