Working with the same team as the 110 North Wacker project created a great foundation for success at this new 52-story office building close to Union Station in the South Loop of Chicago—but at the end of the day, 320 was its own project with its own unique design and construction hurdles.

320 South Canal is distinguished by a faceted curtainwall that catches light through all the different seasons of the year. At the tower levels, this required multiple types and depths of anchors, not to mention a high level of attention to details to get the curtainwall exactly right. The faceted look is repeated at the lobby level using the tallest single glass pieces in Chicago—40 feet high and 10 feet wide. New Hudson Facades deployed a tower team and a lobby team cycling through collaborative and independent work cycles to address the similar aesthetic applied in completely different conditions. The lower level features massive W-shaped columns, impressive in their sheer scale and highlighted by New Hudson Facades-fabricated stainless steel cladding around the structural steel.

As observed by an NHF engineer, “Everything about the 320 project was something we hadn’t done—and we’re used to that. Even with our full team trust and commitment, each project stands alone, and we can’t make assumptions.”

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with New Hudson Facades on multiple projects. Their collaborative approach and professionalism from both an office and field perspective, is among the best. They are great partners to have on a project and I would work with them again without question.”



320 South Canal Street,
Chicago, IL

Facade Area527,000 sq-ft

Height676 ft

ArchitectGoettsch Partners