In 2000 it underwent a renovation design by the pioneering architect Helmut Jahn. Working with engineers from Pilkington Glass Company, Jahn developed an innovative system for a suspended glass canopy or vault with louvered wings that extended out from Park Tower’s lobby. Jahn’s design attempted to resolve a sense of place while facilitating a passage through the building. The lobby and canopy design combine the modernist, glass-skinned style of Mies van der Rohe with traditional architectural imagery. Always mindful of energy and cost efficiency, the lobby space is tempered by a radiant, cooled granite floor and a displacement air system. Jahn was convinced that his buildings should enjoy a variety of colors, patterns, and textures, and simultaneously be technologically advanced structures.
“….Higher ceilings allow the use indirect lighting, which is much healthier and reduces glare.”
– Helmut Jahn