Developer: J. Paul Beitler is the president of Beitler Real Estate Services LLC, Chicago.
Beitler has been a real estate leader and developer in Chicago for 35 years. During his career, he and his companies have negotiated more than 7,000 leases, managed more than 30 million square feet of space across 16 states and developed 10 million square feet of Class A office space, including some of Chicago’s largest and most architecturally distinguished buildings, according to the firm’s web site.
Hotel architect: World-renowned architect Helmut Jahn will design the two Hyatt hotels that will anchor the first phase of Fountainhead Quad-Cities. The German-born American architect has designed more than 100 projects around the globe.
A graduate of Technische Hochschule in Munich in 1965, he moved to Chicago to study at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He was hired by Chicago architectural firm C.F. Murphy Association to work on the Miesian design for McCormick Place. The firm later was renamed Murphy/Jahn with Jahn becoming its president and CEO in 1983.
His works have included the State of Illinois Center in Chicago, the United Airlines Terminal at O’Hare International Airport, Two Liberty Place in Philadelphia and several international Hyatt hotels. He also designed Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Mo.; Sony Center in Berlin, Germany; and Bayer Headquarters in Leverkusen, Germany.
Design Team: Beitler said at Wednesday’s news conference that the involvement of Jahn and other prominent architects will make the Fountainhead a destination for its architecture.
Other members of the design team include:
n James DeStefano, the master planner for Canary Wharf in London, England, who created the master plan for Fountainhead.
n Stanley Tigerman, recipient of more than 120 architectural awards, designed the retail buildings fronting the project.
n Margaret McCurry, who has been cited regularly in Architectural Digest for her homes and interiors, who will plan the 300-unit apartment village.
n Peter Osler, landscape architect and professor at Illinois Institute of Technology’s College of Architecture, will be responsible for the landscape design.