On April 5th, Epstein’s director of hospitality, David Scott, AIA and Renata Pajerska, LC, our lighting design studio manager, attended the grand reopening ceremony for the recently renovated Westin Chicago Northwest hotel, located in Itasca, Illinois. For this project, Epstein served as the architect of record, lighting designer, MEP engineer and structural engineer for modifications and improvements to the Westin’s gift shop, restaurants, lobby, lounge, registration, meeting rooms, as well as 12 different types of guestrooms.
(from left to right, GF Hotels senior vice president of operations, Vineet Nayyar and Epstein's vice president and director of hospitality, David Scott, AIA)
At Westin, Epstein’s lighting design team collaborated with The Gettys Group, the interior designer, to develop lighting solutions that would enhance and create a distinct ambiance for each of the renovated spaces. Epstein’s lighting designers, through a combination of utilization of the newest technology in lighting, including utilizing LED light sources, color changing RGB, and dimming and automated controls, produced an overall lighting design solution that was a enormous upgrade to the original hotel spaces.
At the Westin, Epstein architects and engineers also collaborated with Gettys to design a new lobby that features updated furniture, paint, flooring, and decor, all inspired by the hotel’s natural scenery. In addition, there is also a new Executive Club Lounge, featuring partially separated work and leisure areas which are geared for small group gatherings.
Our team also helped to modernize the lobby and dining outlets which included a new ‘Marketplace’ for ‘grab & go’ guests as well as the ‘400 Park Bistro,’ a business casual dining established, as well as ‘Seared,’ a fine dining experience.
We also worked with Gettys to deliver a new restyled meeting spaces that provide much improved rooms for small and large groups alike.
Besides the various public spaces we helped renovate and modernize, our architects and engineers also collaborated with Gettys to design all new guest rooms and bathrooms which include first-class amenities. Each room will now features updated furniture, lighting, artwork, and decor, including a new 42” LCD television. Guest room amenities included a media center, work lounge, closet, vanity, and guest area. The bathrooms were also updated with a new shower system, flooring, and decor.
The Epstein team responsible for this remarkable renovation include, besides David and Renata, included Sam Helgeson, Patrick Alcock, Martin Barenbaum, Mike Dalezman, Mario Roman, Jeffrey McQuiston, Sean Miller, Lori Chandler, Richard Schlude, & Raveesh Varma. Congratulations team on yet another grand hospitality project!
And lastly, David, we love your Umbrella!