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Old Posted Dec 9, 2019, 5:02 PM
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Overall a nice building but the open vent (and balconies which kind of look like a zipper) ruin it a bit.

The shape and scale of this thing are pretty awesome though
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Nice photoshop, solar. Looks real nice with only glass on the south side. Oh well, we have the north side for that!
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i wonder why USCGC Mackinaw was in town?

anyway, fantastic shots, as always!
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^ I removed the blow through floor, louvers, and hoist to see what it would look like.

My edit of your edit
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Hot take but I love the BTF. In some of Solar's (spectacular) photos the last frustum appears to be floating.
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Ferris Wheel - Solar did you use a lens skirt to avoid reflections or do they keep the cars dark ?
The passenger cars were dark.
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My edit of your edit
Looks good. Follows the overall pattern better.
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i wonder why USCGC Mackinaw was in town?

anyway, fantastic shots, as always!
Thanks. Here's a closer look.

USCGC Mackinaw (WLBB-30)

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The U.S. Coast Guard is required by law to maintain a heavy icebreaking capability on the Great Lakes to assist in keeping channels and harbors open to navigation in response to the reasonable demands of commerce to meet the winter shipping needs of industry. The CGC MAWCKINAW (WLBB-30) is the U.S. Coast Guard's only heavy icebreaker on the Great Lakes and was designed to provide multi-mission capabilities with state of the art systems. She carries on the proud legacy and tradition of her predecessor, CGC MACKINAW (WAGB-83), who faithfully served the maritime community throughout the Great Lakes for over 60 years.
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Was out with my buddy @suicide.shots and he had some crazy equipment on him (sony a7rii with a xeen 85mm). I asked him to bless us forum members with a vista shot and he went above & beyond with a 75mb panorama. Far exceeds imgur's upload limit so be sure to download the full file and throw it on your largest monitor




Full file: https://mega.nz/#!nQl3GawC!g5_N1Cn0l...uilvtfxEegPk1g

Bonus artsty shot of Swissotel with Aqua reflection (92mb ): https://mega.nz/#!LBVBVCaB!HRF6NlTzY...FnHSNkOotGG1X4
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Thanks. Here's a closer look.
To deliver xmas trees, of course!
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^Great story, thanks for sharing! Certainly highlights the Christmas spirit of giving, that’s for sure
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Hot take but I love the BTF. In some of Solar's (spectacular) photos the last frustum appears to be floating.
Yes.
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Vista Tower developer sells 50% stake in firm, eyes national growth

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Magellan Development Group sold a 50% stake in the company to two new partners, a deal that comes as the Chicago-based firm nears the finish line on what will become the city’s third-tallest skyscraper, Vista Tower.
The company on Wednesday announced that Chicago private markets investment firm BLG Capital Advisors and New York-based Winter Properties, a real estate investment business of Standard Industries, purchased half the company. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The goal is for the firm to become a large national player in development, management and investment.
“It provides us with the next step in our succession plan, and they’ll provide capital for growth, market data and development deals in other cities that we don’t have access to,” said David Carlins, who becomes CEO, from president.
Carlins, the son of Magellan’s co-founder, will run the company along with principal J.R. Berger.
Magellan’s founders and previous co-CEOs, Joel Carlins and Jim Loewenberg, will become chairmen emeritus and will serve as advisers to the company they founded in 1996.
The approximately 50-person headquarters will continue with little other change, David Carlins said. The company has more than 130 total employees.
BLG has invested in previous Magellan developments, including the 34-story Exhibit on Superior apartment tower 165 W. Superior St. and a development under construction in Austin, Texas.
Magellan also has ongoing or recently completed developments in Minneapolis; Miami; Nashville, Tennessee; and Somerville, Massachusetts.
Magellan’s other projects in Chicago include a planned 47-story hotel and apartment tower it is developing with Sterling Bay at 300 N. Michigan Ave.
But Magellan is best known for the 28-acre Lakeshore East development near Millennium Park, where the 101-story Vista Tower is set to become the 12th of a planned 16 total high-rises. The 1,191-foot-tall tower, developed with China’s Dalian Wanda Group, will be Chicago’s third-tallest when it opens in July or August.
“We’re nearing the end of Lakeshore East, I’m in my mid-50s, and they’re in their mid-80s,” David Carlins said of his dad and Loewenberg. “It was just the right time.”
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Interesting. Also pushed the Vista opening until late summer 2020. I wonder if this will help get the LSE Lake Shore Drive corner lot built sooner???
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Overall a nice building but the open vent (and balconies which kind of look like a zipper) ruin it a bit.

The shape and scale of this thing are pretty awesome though
Even though it would look better without them, I think that balconies help mitigate the jarringness of the blow thru and mechanical floors.
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South hoist being removed.
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Not that the residents will have trouble affording it, but do you suppose the heating bill in the winter for the floors above and below the blow-through hole will be higher than their neighbors?
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Not that the residents will have trouble affording it, but do you suppose the heating bill in the winter for the floors above and below the blow-through hole will be higher than their neighbors?
I don't think so that's a lot of concrete in between them. The same question could be asked about hot summer days.

Likely very little difference imo unless someone in the trades can prove otherwise.
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Not that the residents will have trouble affording it, but do you suppose the heating bill in the winter for the floors above and below the blow-through hole will be higher than their neighbors?
The floor and ceiling will be insulated meaning it will have a better R-value than the glass facade. The bill will still be slightly higher though since those units will have way more exterior area than the other units. One of the reasons highrise housing is efficient is that the surface area per dwelling is wayyyy lower than if it were a bunch of SFHs.
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