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Bombardier Aug 18, 2018 3:18 AM

Well that was quick! Tower crane starts jumping down on Monday for about 1 week. Assist crane pulls the crane apart the following week. The crane will be removed by Labor Day. The glass on this thing has to be a record. I don’t recall any other building in the city that was fully enclosed when the crane was removed. And it looks great IMHO!

pilsenarch Aug 18, 2018 3:44 PM

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Originally Posted by LouisVanDerWright (Post 8284811)
What glass on Vista lol? We still have no idea what it will actually end up like since what little there is will probably all be scrapped.

I had my suspicions confirmed that most of the *glass* has already been purchased and manufactured... so the color you see up now is the color we are getting... what is unknown at this point is the manufacturer and the details of the window framing

PittsburghPA Aug 18, 2018 6:40 PM

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Originally Posted by Bombardier (Post 8285338)
Well that was quick! Tower crane starts jumping down on Monday for about 1 week. Assist crane pulls the crane apart the following week. The crane will be removed by Labor Day. The glass on this thing has to be a record. I don’t recall any other building in the city that was fully enclosed when the crane was removed. And it looks great IMHO!

My good friend is working on WPE and said that is on an even tighter schedule. When the glass starts on that one it should be right behind the floor plate pours. :D

Bombardier Aug 18, 2018 6:49 PM

^Now that you mention it, 1326 S Michigan's glass is also very tight to the concrete operations. But that structure has taken more time to put up than Essex... They came out of the ground roughly the same time. I would think that one would be enclosed by the time the crane comes down as well.

kolchak Aug 19, 2018 3:34 AM

A question for the forumers who are (vastly) more knowledgeable about construction - aside from the uniformity in floor plates and lack of multiple transfer floors what other things contributed to the fast pace of this project build wise? What were they able to do that isn't typical so to speak?

donnie Aug 19, 2018 7:50 AM

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Originally Posted by kolchak (Post 8285994)
A question for the forumers who are (vastly) more knowledgeable about construction - aside from the uniformity in floor plates and lack of multiple transfer floors what other things contributed to the fast pace of this project build wise? What were they able to do that isn't typical so to speak?

Just my two cents but i believe the biggest factor has been the weather!

:shrug:

The Lurker Aug 19, 2018 10:33 AM

^How much different is the weather at 800 S. Michigan than the rest of downtown? It may have something to do with the super thin floorplates, but I think it has more to do with labor/man-power. The Empire State Building for instance took only 11 months to build. It took just about that long for that Homewood Hilton around the corner to get out of the ground, but there were two dudes working on that one

BVictor1 Aug 21, 2018 4:54 PM

Crane coming down... :(

It was a fun ride, but now on to completion.

BonoboZill4 Aug 22, 2018 3:50 AM

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Originally Posted by BVictor1 (Post 8288403)
Crane coming down... :(

It was a fun ride, but now on to completion.

Don't be sad it's over, be happy it happened :cheers:

gebs Aug 24, 2018 6:17 PM

Although the views from Grant Park and the lake really do make this tower stand out, I keep coming back to this particular view:

23 August 2018

https://i.imgur.com/7RerRwNh.jpg

It's not the best picture, but I like how it sticks our of the traditional brick towers that surround it.

MorganChi Aug 24, 2018 9:17 PM

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Originally Posted by gebs (Post 8292713)
Although the views from Grant Park and the lake really do make this tower stand out, I keep coming back to this particular view:

23 August 2018

https://i.imgur.com/7RerRwNh.jpg

It's not the best picture, but I like how it sticks our of the traditional brick towers that surround it.

Has anyone bought that parking lot ?

Mr Downtown Aug 24, 2018 11:33 PM

^Owned by School of the Art Institute, last I heard.

RedCorsair87 Aug 25, 2018 1:58 AM

One day, I hope to see something 600-800 feet built there so it's presence is felt from Grant Park.

SolarWind Aug 27, 2018 3:09 AM

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left of center Aug 27, 2018 11:38 PM

Great pics Solar!

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Originally Posted by RedCorsair87 (Post 8293267)
One day, I hope to see something 600-800 feet built there so it's presence is felt from Grant Park.

That would be great. Considering how fast those parking lots along south Wabash and State are getting developed, it makes sense that the few remaining lots would rise in value and attract a big project.

BonoboZill4 Aug 27, 2018 11:54 PM

Man this building is so gorgeous

SolarWind Aug 28, 2018 4:19 AM

August 23, 2018


Zerton Aug 28, 2018 5:21 PM

That's the worst color. It's the same sickly green that they used on the new glass on 3 Bryant Park in NY.

Steely Dan Aug 28, 2018 5:25 PM

^ i for one LOVE the color, particularly how the green compliments many of the red brick buildings in its immediate vicinity, as seen in solar's pic below:


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Originally Posted by SolarWind (Post 8294770)


Zerton Aug 28, 2018 6:37 PM

Agree to disagree :]

I do think the building is decent. I like the fins. They remind me of a budget-version 300 N LaSalle.

left of center Aug 28, 2018 10:14 PM

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Originally Posted by Zerton (Post 8296569)
That's the worst color. It's the same sickly green that they used on the new glass on 4 Bryant Park in NY.

Really? I for one absolutely love it. It contrasts well with its surroundings. Its a breath of fresh air amid a conveyor belt of endless blue glass towers.

BonoboZill4 Aug 29, 2018 3:10 AM

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Originally Posted by Zerton (Post 8296569)
That's the worst color. It's the same sickly green that they used on the new glass on 4 Bryant Park in NY.

I had to look that one up, but I really don't see the resemblance at all :/

BonoboZill4 Aug 29, 2018 3:11 AM

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Originally Posted by Zerton (Post 8296679)
Agree to disagree :]

I do think the building is decent. I like the fins. They remind me of a budget-version 300 N LaSalle.

These comparisons are really starting to confuse me

UPChicago Aug 29, 2018 3:20 AM

I don't hate it but it doesn't live up to its rendering at all.

PittsburghPA Aug 29, 2018 3:56 AM

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Originally Posted by Zerton (Post 8296569)
That's the worst color. It's the same sickly green that they used on the new glass on 4 Bryant Park in NY.

Did you happen to mean 3 Bryant Park?
https://nyocommercialobserver.files....ge-1.jpg?w=666

Also that's an interesting take. I'm never one to tell someone they're wrong (to each their own) but the glass is universally loved. I think it looks great but you're certainly entitled to your opinion. Did you have a style or color you would have rather seen?

Khantilever Aug 29, 2018 4:58 AM

Saw this posted on reddit by u/elzilio. It's awesome how prominent Essex is from this vantage point. (The green glass looks great too)

https://www.reddit.com/r/chicago/com...ks_ago_when_i/

https://s8.postimg.cc/wekumi8bp/e5ab90krgci11.jpg

kolchak Aug 29, 2018 1:39 PM

The color looks more muted in person. I had reservations about it until I saw it a couple weeks ago when I wad there. It belnds perfectly with its surroundings.

jpIllInoIs Aug 29, 2018 2:19 PM

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Originally Posted by Khantilever (Post 8297360)
Saw this posted on reddit by u/elzilio. It's awesome how prominent Essex is from this vantage point. (The green glass looks great too)

https://www.reddit.com/r/chicago/com...ks_ago_when_i/

https://s8.postimg.cc/wekumi8bp/e5ab90krgci11.jpg

This deserves a bump since it was last on the page...Great angle reveals the prominence on the south GP skyline..

Zerton Aug 29, 2018 5:02 PM

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Originally Posted by BonoboZill4 (Post 8297285)
These comparisons are really starting to confuse me

I meant 3 Bryant Park, not 4. Sorry.

I don't see how you can't see any formal resemblance to 300 N LaSalle. Same metal fin motifs.

Zerton Aug 29, 2018 5:04 PM

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Originally Posted by PittsburghPA (Post 8297321)
Also that's an interesting take. I'm never one to tell someone they're wrong (to each their own) but the glass is universally loved. I think it looks great but you're certainly entitled to your opinion. Did you have a style or color you would have rather seen?

I wouldn't call it "universally loved", the 3 Bryant Park reclad was unpopular especially on this site. I personally just don't like green glass. Black or clear are my personal preferences.

Elliphant Sep 1, 2018 5:00 PM

Aug 31st

Was walking down State yesterday morning and had to stop to snap a picture, but it didn't fully capture just how much the light was glimmering off the glass and white fin detailing. What a beautiful building!

https://i.imgur.com/odTBCE2.jpg

PittsburghPA Sep 1, 2018 6:26 PM

Wow..That crown looks amazing with the vertical silver panels. Turning out better than the renderings.

BonoboZill4 Sep 3, 2018 5:39 AM

I am so happy with how this one turned out! I wonder what might happen to the lot behind it now. They'd have to go bigger to get good views, right? :D

The Lurker Sep 3, 2018 2:29 PM

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Originally Posted by BonoboZill4 (Post 8302043)
I am so happy with how this one turned out! I wonder what might happen to the lot behind it now. They'd have to go bigger to get good views, right? :D

I wouldn't worry much about that for 2 reasons.

1. Essex tower is super thin and doesn't have any tall neighbors so a tower directly behind it would still have views (of the lake/park I assume you're talking about) from the North and South facing sides

2. Any tower built on that lot would likely be built on a podium behind the renovated Essex Hotel abutting 8th street so that East facing units above about the 15th floor would have a direct view of the lake/park

george Sep 5, 2018 11:29 PM

9/3

https://s19.postimg.cc/xdu45tjar/Grant_Park_2.jpg

Chisouthside Sep 5, 2018 11:32 PM

what a nice contrast between that green and iron red. :P

NYC2ATX Sep 6, 2018 12:02 AM

I don't think I was expecting this building to be this green at first...I actually expected it to be rather underwhelming...but the green is really gorgeous and it stands out in a great way much more than I thought it would. :tup:

Bombardier Sep 6, 2018 2:01 AM

Looks awesome in person. Some of the top glass is in now and has some of the same inset details as the two lower floors does. Looks very nice up close. What a great addition to the Michigan Ave skyline photo.

left of center Sep 6, 2018 2:55 AM

^ Agreed. Pictures really don't do it justice (even though its still quite a photogenic building). I was ogling Essex for much of Lollapalooza weekend, lol

Notyrview Sep 6, 2018 3:23 PM

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Originally Posted by george (Post 8304735)

Man it's the color combo of all those buildings. Green, red, light blue, dark blue, black, beige, brownish-red, white. You don't see that kind of diversity in color/architectual style hardly anywhere on planet earth. What a town.

It's a long shot project, but I think Jahn's light, curved tower would look great here and would also cover the southern mostly blank wall of that brown brick building. I know people liked the first design with the cantilevered, inverted stacks, but that feels played out to me at this point. South Loop is more about playfulness, curves.

rgarri4 Sep 6, 2018 3:26 PM

I still prefer the original design, however I'm quite impressed with how this looks in the skyline. Especially the color!

NYC2ATX Sep 6, 2018 4:27 PM

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Originally Posted by Notyrview (Post 8305387)
Man it's the color combo of all those buildings. Green, red, light blue, dark blue, black, beige, brownish-red, white. You don't see that kind of diversity in color/architectual style hardly anywhere on planet earth. What a town.

It's a long shot project, but I think Jahn's light, curved tower would look great here and would also cover the southern mostly blank wall of that brown brick building. I know people liked the first design with the cantilevered, inverted stacks, but that feels played out to me at this point. South Loop is more about playfulness, curves.

It's true, I feel like Chicago has a variety to the colors and textures of its buildings, whether intentional or not, that should be the envy of other major cities.

I'm glad this building went up too because I feel like this (along with NEMA) serves as a precedent for taller buildings on the lower part of Michigan along the park. Perhaps 5 years ago a developer would've been more hesitant to build a 1000M or a Park Michigan Tower. After all nobody wants to be the first, because of the presumed risk. However, now that it's been done and proven, we're full steam ahead.

NOW IF THEY WOULD JUST COVER THE DAMN TRAIN TRACKS :madwife:

Jibba Sep 6, 2018 4:27 PM

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Originally Posted by Notyrview (Post 8305387)
I know people liked the first design with the cantilevered, inverted stacks, but that feels played out to me at this point.

I've had the same thought. The gentle tapering of the current design could end up looking really slick and sophisticated if all of the tucking and pinching on the N & S elevations is executed well.

As for Essex, I still wish they would have gone with a blue/silver tone with high reflectivity in overcast conditions a la Legacy and 401 N Wabash, but it's still looking nice as it is now.

Notyrview Sep 6, 2018 4:40 PM

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Originally Posted by NYC2ATX (Post 8305490)
NOW IF THEY WOULD JUST COVER THE DAMN TRAIN TRACKS :madwife:

:laugh: give it a little time, it's gonna take another generation.

BonoboZill4 Sep 6, 2018 11:30 PM

This most recent chain of comments is getting me so damn excited for how the city will look in 2023... Oof my heart is soaring

Le Baron Sep 9, 2018 12:57 PM

Option overload. Sorry
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harryc Sep 9, 2018 1:17 PM

^^ Wow

BonoboZill4 Sep 9, 2018 4:41 PM

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Originally Posted by harryc (Post 8308254)
^^ Wow

No kidding... Le Baron posts from that view are always jaw-dropping.

Rooster slayer Sep 9, 2018 9:27 PM

Nice set Le Baron...not only is Essex one of my favorites, I think it aesthetics are enhanced by its location

harryc Sep 11, 2018 11:18 PM

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