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chicubs111 Feb 20, 2020 9:42 PM

^ Yea I agree..it does seem odd for just 1 floor addition...I believe usually when they add floors during construction its around 3 floors minimum when they do?

chicubs111 Feb 20, 2020 9:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rlw777 (Post 8836761)
Am I the only one hoping somebody decides to commission a sculpture for the park space on this one? When I think of blocks comprised of a large office tower and a park or plaza in Chicago I think of great art.

Yea that would be great...also some really nice central fountain/water element could be nice as well...I feel Chicago has a weak fountain game in its small to medium downtown parks

Steely Dan Feb 20, 2020 9:45 PM

i would agree that, on the surface, it does seem a bit overly cautious to go through the trouble of asking the city for more floors in the case of strong leasing activity and to then only ask for one additional floor.

but i don't have access to their pro forma, so what do i know...........

ardecila Feb 20, 2020 10:57 PM

Anyone know why they are trenching the perimeter of the site like this?

KWillChicago Feb 20, 2020 11:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by chicubs111 (Post 8837327)
Yea that would be great...also some really nice central fountain/water element could be nice as well...I feel Chicago has a weak fountain game in its small to medium downtown parks

Would be a huge plus for the area especially a fountain. Not to jump pages but stay on the topic, I think they dropped the fountain in front of WPS that I think would have been awesome. Also, has that Santiago sculpture in front of Riverpoint ever been built or has it been cancelled? It's been awhile since I've been in that area.

gandalf612 Feb 21, 2020 2:36 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by KWillChicago (Post 8837447)
Would be a huge plus for the area especially a fountain. Not to jump pages but stay on the topic, I think they dropped the fountain in front of WPS that I think would have been awesome. Also, has that Santiago sculpture in front of Riverpoint ever been built or has it been cancelled? It's been awhile since I've been in that area.

This article has all the details on the Caltrava: https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/20...er-point-delay

If you don't feel like reading the gist is it was supposed to be installed in August but production got bumped cuz the company fabricating it had to remake faulty fuel tanks they had made for NASA which took priority over civilian projects. Hines now has to wait until spring because it's too difficult to install in the winter.

KWillChicago Feb 24, 2020 11:01 PM

Damn those sleeves are huge. Looking at the old post office webcam I'm seeing some sort of step system along the south side of the site, unless I'm just seeing things. What is this for?

HomrQT Feb 25, 2020 2:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ardecila (Post 8837425)
Anyone know why they are trenching the perimeter of the site like this?

To keep out the French? :haha:

https://media.socastsrm.com/wordpres...lot-castle.jpg

jc5680 Feb 25, 2020 3:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ardecila (Post 8837425)
Anyone know why they are trenching the perimeter of the site like this?

My lazy, un-researched assumption was that it was for the pedway.

I believe the connection to union station was at least being maintained.

ardecila Feb 25, 2020 7:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jc5680 (Post 8841788)
My lazy, un-researched assumption was that it was for the pedway.

I believe the connection to union station was at least being maintained.

I'm hoping it's for the Pedway, but the floor plans in the PD filing don't seem to show a Pedway connection running east-west on Van Buren.

The plans DO show a path that zigzags through the garage and the underground mechanical rooms, but that's a pretty terrible Pedway connection that manages to be even worse than the Orange Line connection at Midway.

mousquet Feb 25, 2020 8:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HomrQT (Post 8841771)
To keep out the French? :haha:

That's no use. Lots of us still can swim and climb stuff. ;)

Ned.B Feb 26, 2020 2:53 PM

Based upon the basement drawings, I do not believe that the trench is part of the permanent building construction. There is only one concrete basement wall and only one layer of sheet pile walls shown.

The pedway is an open walkway passing through the parking garage similar to the Millennium and Grant Park South garages from the point where it enters the site mid-block on the Canal side to where it exits to street at the corner of Van Buren and Clinton.

ardecila Feb 26, 2020 7:43 PM

^ Which sucks! This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create a link to the Blue Line (or half of a link) and have a developer pay for it.

But yeah, it does look like this is a temporary construction. Maybe there are some utilities under the site that need relocated around the perimeter.

bhawk66 Feb 27, 2020 1:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ardecila (Post 8843298)
^ Which sucks! This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create a link to the Blue Line (or half of a link) and have a developer pay for it.

But yeah, it does look like this is a temporary construction. Maybe there are some utilities under the site that need relocated around the perimeter.

Excellent mindset, adecila. A missed opportunity.

SolarWind Feb 29, 2020 9:06 PM

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rivernorthlurker Feb 29, 2020 9:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SolarWind (Post 8846718)
February 28, 2020


A win is a win! :banger:

Zapatan Mar 1, 2020 12:03 AM

3 feet? Seriously? That's not even one meter.

harryc Mar 8, 2020 10:39 PM

March 5



Positioning the Tremie pipe - used in deep shafts to prevent the concrete from mixing with the slurry on the way down. The concrete is heavier so it displaces the slurry up the caisson from the bottom.












KWillChicago Mar 8, 2020 11:21 PM

Are we looking at early april to start going upward?

KWillChicago Mar 8, 2020 11:22 PM

What is that SE corner ramp going to? Any chance connector for the pedway?

tjp Mar 9, 2020 1:01 PM

I really hope there's some sort of connection to the blue line, which in effect would connect Union Station to the CTA.

ardecila Mar 9, 2020 1:12 PM

^ this was discussed on previous pages.

builder8 Mar 10, 2020 6:52 PM

I noticed there is an I bean laid across the caisson today. Are they trying to pull out one of the caisson sleeve now?

harryc Mar 10, 2020 8:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by builder8 (Post 8857174)
I noticed there is an I bean laid across the caisson today. Are they trying to pull out one of the caisson sleeve now?

With a big blue frame ? and the mother of all block and tackle ? that is the pulling frame which was on site last week.

Otherwise they use some pretty hefty beams to hold the rebar cage in place during the pour.

SolarWind Mar 17, 2020 1:34 AM

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Skyguy_7 Mar 17, 2020 11:54 AM

^Great set, Solar. Thank you for getting out there and risking it all for SSP!

Looks like the caisson work is done. :cheers:

harryc Mar 20, 2020 2:23 AM

March 13

Chicago | BMO Tower by Harry Carmichael, on Flickr

Chicago | BMO Tower by Harry Carmichael, on Flickr

Chicago | BMO Tower by Harry Carmichael, on Flickr

Chicago | BMO Tower by Harry Carmichael, on Flickr

Chicago | BMO Tower by Harry Carmichael, on Flickr

Chicago | BMO Tower by Harry Carmichael, on Flickr

KWillChicago Mar 20, 2020 11:23 PM

Looking at webcam. What is all the gravel for that just got dumped off for?

harryc Mar 30, 2020 3:25 AM

March 23

Chicago | BMOTower by Harry Carmichael, on Flickr

Chicago | BMOTower by Harry Carmichael, on Flickr

Starting the pit - the corrugated tube is the sump.
Chicago | BMOTower by Harry Carmichael, on Flickr

The west edge of the pit.
Chicago | BMOTower by Harry Carmichael, on Flickr

SteelMonkey Apr 16, 2020 4:12 PM

Is this project abnormally slow for some reason Im unaware of? The comparable tower on Wacker started drilling on May 30th and pouring the mat on Aug 17th 2018. They started drilling here on Dec 28th and arent that close on April 15th.

Seems more like an archaeological dig than tower construction.

harryc Apr 16, 2020 4:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SteelMonkey (Post 8895335)
Is this project abnormally slow for some reason Im unaware of? The comparable tower on Wacker started drilling on May 30th and pouring the mat on Aug 17th 2019. They started drilling here on Dec 28th and arent that close on April 15th.

Seems more like an archaeological dig than tower construction.

From looking at the work - it is the archelogical aspect ;-) That 12'+ trench around the South and East perimeter is criss-crossed by more than one utility run, the nasty liquid filled ones - most likely in vintage cast iron.

Last I checked they were making good progress on excavating out the area for the mat, note 110 N Wacker did little to no excavation.

SteelMonkey Apr 16, 2020 4:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by harryc (Post 8895349)
From looking at the work - it is the archelogical aspect ;-) That 12'+ trench around the South and East perimeter is criss-crossed by more than one utility run, the nasty liquid filled ones - most likely in vintage cast iron.

Last I checked they were making good progress on excavating out the area for the mat, note 110 N Wacker did little to no excavation.


Understood and that makes sense. Thanks for the info

Downtowntransplant Apr 16, 2020 5:24 PM

3-4 months is not slow at all, especially considering how large this project is.

The Lurker Apr 16, 2020 6:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SteelMonkey (Post 8895335)
Is this project abnormally slow for some reason Im unaware of? The comparable tower on Wacker started drilling on May 30th and pouring the mat on Aug 17th 2018. They started drilling here on Dec 28th and arent that close on April 15th.

Seems more like an archaeological dig than tower construction.

Global pandemic? Sure work is still commencing but I have to assume they're working with a limited crew at the very least.

harryc Apr 20, 2020 8:24 PM

April 19

Chicago | BMO Tower by Harry Carmichael, on Flickr

Chicago | BMO Tower by Harry Carmichael, on Flickr

marothisu Apr 25, 2020 4:50 PM

Full building permit was issued yesterday

CrazyCres May 2, 2020 2:02 AM

Chicago plan commission presentation!

https://www.chicago.gov/content/dam/...20_s_canal.pdf

chicubs111 May 2, 2020 2:46 AM

^its a bit too squat for a 1.5 million sq foot building..they need to stretch out those setback a bit more...should be closer to 800ft you would think atleast

harryc May 2, 2020 3:23 PM

May 1

Chicago | BMO Tower by Harry Carmichael, on Flickr

Assembling the climbing form walls
Chicago | BMO Tower by Harry Carmichael, on Flickr

Chicago | BMO Tower by Harry Carmichael, on Flickr


Ready for the (a ?) mat
Chicago | BMO Tower by Harry Carmichael, on Flickr

Chicago | BMO Tower by Harry Carmichael, on Flickr

Nubs for tieing into the mat - not extender/couplers like at One Chicago.
Chicago | BMO Tower by Harry Carmichael, on Flickr


Chicago | BMO Tower by Harry Carmichael, on Flickr

harryc May 10, 2020 7:36 PM

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rivernorthlurker May 18, 2020 6:07 PM

Le Flood.

via https://app.oxblue.com/open/clarkcon...erconstruction

05.16.2020

https://i.imgur.com/342RRYG.png

05.18.2020

https://i.imgur.com/yWZu8I3.png

r18tdi May 18, 2020 9:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by chicubs111 (Post 8910395)
^its a bit too squat for a 1.5 million sq foot building..they need to stretch out those setback a bit more...should be closer to 800ft you would think atleast

Perhaps. I'm more disappointed by the blank wall at street-level along Clinton.

harryc May 25, 2020 11:11 AM

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KWillChicago May 26, 2020 10:23 PM

From the webcam looks like the crane is going through the middle of the building. I imagine the mat pour in about two weeks?

CrazyCres May 26, 2020 10:30 PM

More like next week for a mat pour

builder8 May 27, 2020 11:45 AM

Mat Pour starts this morning.

RedCorsair87 May 27, 2020 2:12 PM

^Well that escalated quickly.

BVictor1 May 27, 2020 6:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by builder8 (Post 8933717)
Mat Pour starts this morning.

Mat pour happening now. Not very big. Construction guy told me about 2,100 cu yd.

BVictor1 May 28, 2020 12:32 AM

05/27/2020

https://uniim1.shutterfly.com/ng/ser...625832/enhance

https://uniim1.shutterfly.com/ng/ser...625838/enhance

https://uniim1.shutterfly.com/ng/ser...625829/enhance

rivernorthlurker May 28, 2020 1:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BVictor1 (Post 8934529)
05/27/2020

Donesies.

via https://app.oxblue.com/open/clarkcon...erconstruction

https://i.imgur.com/RL632CS.png


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