Originally built in 1912, Hotel Julian received a $75 million-plus facelift that combines elements from the past and present. This building was previously the Atlantic Bank building and was redeveloped into Hotel Julian. The name Julian came from St. Julian Hospitaller, the Patron Saint of Hospitality and Travelers. Many of the original components designed by Benjamin Marshall were maintained while redeveloping this hotel.
This luxury boutique-style hotel is located steps away from Millennium Park and the Loop, offering plenty to do for both business and leisure travelers. Hotel Julian added five-stories, making it a total of 17-stories with 218 guest rooms. The guest rooms give off an elegant and contemporary feel with high, lofty ceilings.
As the project’s civil engineer, Eriksson Engineering Associates, Ltd. (EEA) secured all necessary city permits and designed customized stormwater systems to meet unique site challenges in Downtown Chicago. EEA coordinated with the City of Chicago to create a plan for new water service through a vaulted sidewalk and a connection to Michigan Avenue. EEA designed a new sanitary and grease service for Benton Place. There were significant utility conflicts that had to be avoided. Lastly, EEA provided stormwater calculations to show that the vertical expansion to the building did not create additional stormwater runoff.
Additionally, AIA Chicago recently awarded the 2020 Distinguished Building Award/Citation of Merit to Hotel Julian.