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  2. The newest million-dollar project to get the stamp of approval from Chicago City Hall isn’t a two-flat walk-up in Wrigleyville, or a condo renovation in the Gold Coast. It’s something else entirely. NEW CONSTRUCTION. HORSE RIDING ARENA. ONE STORY, 15,800SF PRE-ENGINEERED METAL BUILDING. NO HEATING/COOLING, NO FINISHED FLOOR. The last horse riding arena in downtown Chicago was demolished in 2009. It was the 1929 Chicago Riding Club building, designed by Rebori, Wentworth, Dewey & McCormick. Most people knew it by its last vocation: The home of CBS Radio and Television’s Chicago operations. Not an MS Paint depiction of the new horse arena This new riding arena is being built at 3857 West 111th Street. Most people know it by its current vocation: The Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. While the conventional wisdom is that the only farming activity in Chicago is in hipster Bridgeport warehouses, or at the Lincoln Park Zoo. But as long as you and I (and especially I) keep eating, we’re going to need people like the kids who graduate from this school in the city’s Mount Greenwood neighborhood. It’s good that the building now has a construction permit, considering that Mayor Rahm Emanuel participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for it more than three months ago. The high school out standing in its field. (That joke never gets old. Via Apple Maps) The arena designed by River North’s Woodhouse Tinucci Architects will be 25-feet tall, with two rings inside. But this is a working structure, so there won’t be any grandstands. You’ll have to get your rodeo fix elsewhere. The total cost of the project is about $1.1 million. $100,000 of that came from the school winning an online contest sponsored by… wait for it… Farmers Insurance. The rest came from internal cost-saving measures over several years, according to DNAInfo Chicago. Click to view the full article
  3. People who live in West Town will get a chance to sound off on a plan to build a 19-story hotel across the street from McDonald’s new corporate headquarters. Diagram of 113 North May The proposal from Sterling Bay will be vetted publicly at a meeting organized by 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett, Jr. tonight at 6:00pm at Catalyst Ranch (656 West Randolph Street). The hotel was designed by the Loop’s Eckenhoff Saunders Architects. You may remember that firm from such hits as the Bank of America tower in Dallas, and the Dana Hotel on State Street. The area has seen a major beneficiary of both the recent influx of corporate headquarters into the greater West Loop area, and the flood of new residents into downtown Chicago. But along with that growth has come growing pains, mainly voiced by long-time residents who remember the area as a Bohemian enclave of urban pioneers, artists, and other eccentrics living in and among brick warehouses and abattoirs. The nearby West Loop is known for having the fiercest NIMBYs in Chicago, but their ferocity has become tempered by the loss of strength in numbers. We’ll find out tonight if they can be out-shouted by the new economy workers who are the rising demographic in the neighborhood. Until then, open wide for the firehose. Address: 101 North May Street Address: 113 North May Street Address: 118 North Aberdeen Avenue Address: 1112 West Washington Street Developer: 113 May, LLC For realsies: Sterling Bay Architecture firm: Eckenhoff Saunders Architects Net site area: 41,701 square feet Floors: 19 Maximum height: 199 feet Rood height: 187 feet, 10 inches Width: 100 feet, three inches Length: 126 feet, one inch Floor area ratio: 5.0 Zoning: DX-3 → DX-5 → Business PD Automobile parking spaces: 41 Loading docks: 1 Retail space: 5,184 square feet Green roof alert: 3,587 square feet Click to view the full article
  4. Rendering of 1101 South Wabash (via SB Yen Management Group) The newest hotel project to plant roots in Chicago’s South Loop has been given the green light to go full-throttle. 1101 South Wabash Avenue was once the home of one of those weird one-story, pee-stained, hoboriffic parking garages leftover from yesteryear that still dot downtown Chicago. Demolition of that garage was completed in February of 2016, and then in December of that year, ground was broken on a new Hilton Homewood Suites, designed by Near North’s Lothan Van Hook DeStefano Architecture for west suburban SB Yen Management Group. A few days ago, the project was given city approval to rise to its full 30-story height, which is good because otherwise in 2018 the 30th-floor fitness center would just be hovering there in the air, all awkward and stuff. NEW CONSTRUCTION OF 30 – STORY MIXED-USE BUILDING WITH GROUND FLOOR RETAIL, PARKING ON LEVELS 1 THROUGH 7, 8TH & 30TH FLOOR AMENITIES AND 196 DWELLING UNITS ON LEVELS 9-29.FOUNDATION ISSUED ON 100683627. In between the fitness center and the lobby will be seven floors of parking, 196 standard hotel rooms on floors nine through 23, and another 85 corporate suites on floors 24 through 29. The general contractor on this project is Lendlease, which amusingly listed “hot tub” as one of the eighth floor business center amenities. I guess it all depends on what business you’re in. Click to view the full article
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  6. It’s not uncommon for a major construction project to change after it’s already started. Look at Wolf Point West, which had its 43rd and 45th floor setbacks moved to the 45th and 46th floors, creating two more residences. Or the Skinner West Elementary School addition which is gaining a floor, long after just three were approved by the city. In the case of Jeanne Gang’s spectacular 95-story Vista Tower going up at 363 East Wacker Drive, even a minor change is of major interest. So you know our Spidey Sense went on red alert when we heard that the 83rd floor is going to be sacrificed in the name of health and safety. Location of the Vista Tower blow-through floor It’s a victim of the Windy City’s… wind. The 83rd floor is going to become a two-story high “void space” known as a blow-through floor that will “disrupt and reduce the wind effects on the building.” Visually, it’s right about where the top segment of the tallest tower bows most outward. Rendering of the Vista Tower blow-through floor According to city documents, the blow-through floor won’t just lessen the force of wind at the 83rd floor. “The interruption of the regular wind flow along the building will serve to disrupt the wind pressure for many stories above and below the blow-through level.” And lest you think that we’re hyping up the whole “safety” angle to generate clicks — the way petty much every internet publication does these days — those are the words of the Chicago Department of Planning and Development, not ours: Prior to the addition of the blow-through floor, acceleration limits, as defined by the International Organization for Standardization, were predicted to be significantly exceeded, indicating performance that would be unacceptable. According to a letter from Magnusson Klemencic Structural and Civil Engineers, this would result in building occupants feeling ill and possibly afraid for their safety. That’s in a letter from the city to the lawyers for the project, giving the green light for the blow-through floor, as well as reducing the complexity of the glass in some other parts of the skyscraper. 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly was notified, and gave it the nod. The hue and cry you hear in the distance is the sound of several hundred architecture students on 35th street shouting, “What about mass dampers?” That was considered. Tuned Liquid Sloshing Dampers, to be exact. And wind tunnel tests show that the blow-through floor is going to need help from multiple TLSDs to keep Vista rock steady. What about simply changing the design of the building? Surprisingly, that was considered, too. But the changes didn’t mitigate the wind load enough to make it worthwhile. Though, that’s not to say that Vista isn’t changing. “I see a dead floor, and I want to paint it black” — Random T. Bureaucrat The rolling stones at city hall see the dead floor and they want to paint it black. All of it. The walls, the core, the ceiling, slow pigeons — everything in the double-height 83rd floor will be black. And, by law, the space cannot be illuminated. So when Vista twinkles in the Chicago skyline at night, she will have a black choker across her neck. And she’s also getting a little taller. Maximum height is now 1,198 feet, five inches above the Chicago City Datum — just 19 inches short of the maximum allowed by city ordinance. The height of the ceiling on the highest occupied floor gains a little over seven feet, moving to 1,171 feet, 11 inches. Click to view the full article
  7. No one ever said that construction was a quiet trade. And having spent too many years living next door to Chicago skyscrapers being constructed, I can say the king of all noisemakers is the caisson drill (no, not that caisson drill). People in Lincoln Park are going to get an earful starting this week, as the big Lincoln Commons project starts caisson work on the main triangle of what used to be the Children’s Memorial Hospital campus. Rendering of The Lincoln Common (Courtesy of McCaffery Interests) Once caisson work on the triangle is done, then it’s over to Building D for more drill-a-palooza action. According to Hines and McCaffery Interests, it should all wrap up before the end of August. Building D was originally supposed to be a complete five stories of retail space. But a few months ago the developers asked, and were granted, city permission to change it to retail on the ground floor, and four stories of offices up top. 2016: Building B is retail. March, 2017: Building B is gone. Which is a better fate than poor Building B. This past March the 10,000 square foot retail structure found itself out of a job when it was completely erased from the Lincoln Common plans and replaced with a landscaped courtyard. The artwork that was supposed to be on Building B will instead be a monument in a garden. Click to view the full article
  8. As downtown Chicago ads more and more residents, the ratio of people to greenspace grows increasingly lopsided. That’s part of the reason so many people were happy to see River North’s newest public park open late last week. The park is on the north side of Exhibit on Superior (165 West Superior Street), the 35-story residential tower designed by the Loop’s bKL Architecture for Magellan Development and Mac Management. The tower opened earlier this year sporting 298 homes and 109 parking spaces. It’s also supposed to be one of the downtown Chicago buildings with the fewest obstructed views. Who doesn’t love oversized novelty scissors? (Courtesy of bKL Architecture) The park, designed by Kettlecamp & Kettlecamp, came to fruition at least partially through the prodding of 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly, who was on hand to witness the giant ceremonial novelty scissors slice through the lime green celebratory banner. Pål Svensson (Courtesy of bKL Architecture) Also there was Pål Svensson, the Swedish sculptor of the park’s focal point, Turning Triangle. Mr. Svensson has produced dozens of pieces of public art since the 80’s and many are on display from mountain tops to freeway tunnels, mostly in Europe. Another artist present was Jeremy Gentry, who in addition to being a musician, is actually an amenity at Exhibit, along with the fire pits and quartz countertops. Unlike the countertops, Mr. Gentry makes pleasant music in the building’s public spaces for the benefit of the building’s residents. The last time we saw an “artist in residence” as a building amenity, it was in Houston where an elderly woman filled the hallways with giant oil paintings of her feet, alligators, and her feet chasing alligators. Mr. Gentry is a much better amenity. bKL principal Tom Kerwin and sculptor Pål Svensson (Courtesy of bKL Architecture) 720 North LaSalle rendering (Courtesy of bKL Architecture) Click to view the full article
  9. Construction crews are wasting no time turning a dusty patch of River North into downtown Chicago’s newest enclave-in-the-sky. Bulldozers snapped into action just days after the initial construction permits for Wolf Point East were approved late last month. Now, two weeks into earth moving, the first segments of what looks like a crane have been delivered to the site in front of River North Point, the home of the Sun-Times and Holiday Inn. Wolf Point East under construction (Courtesy of River North Spy Chris) River North Spy Chris caught the action on camera and tipped our line. It’s not clear if the crane segments are part of a tower crane, or a caisson drilling rig, a crane-like apparatus for building a tower crane, or some other mischief. The 60-story Pelli Clarke Pelli residential tower will eventually bring just short of 700 new homes to the point of the wolf, joining bKL’s Wolf Point West, the pioneer in this corner of the city. Click to view the full article
  10. After weeks of anticipation, skyscraper nerds, architecture enthusiasts, and the just plain curious got the information they’ve been craving about how the development of Lakeshore East will end. The answer: With an 875-foot-tall bang. At a crowded public meeting at the Hyatt Regency, hosted by 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly, architects and developers took the wraps off of two major projects: The final three skyscrapers planned for the vacant northeast corner of the neighborhood, and Building O. Rendering of Tower O (Courtesy of bKL Architecture) You’ll remember Building O as a dagwood sandwich of a building proposed a few years ago to include two hotels, and residences, all sharing some common amenities. That project is back, as a pair of towers filling the gap on North Columbus Drive between Aqua and 300 East Randolph Street. In fact, the new Building O will share a driveway with Aqua. The taller of the two O buildings clocks in at 55-stories tall — shorter than either of its neighbors, but nothing to sneeze at. At one time that patch of loam was zoned for an approximately 90-story building, but some of that height was sacrificed to give the Vista Tower across the park a boost. Building O is a project from Magellan Development (natch), and bunkmate bKL Architecture. Building O is bKL’s second tower at Lakeshore East, after the Coast. It also designed the widely-acclaimed GEMS World Academy, also at Lakeshore East. But bKL’s not done yet. Neither is Magellan. The Hardy Boys have brought in Aussie cousin Lendlease to build out the Building I, Building J, Building K/L portion of Lakeshore East. Rendering of Towers J and I (Courtesy of bKL Architecture) That’s the part in the northeast corner, where there was once going to be four good-sized towers. Now that’s become two good-sized towers and one landmark 80-story skyscraper, marking the entrance of the Chicago River from Lake Michigan. All three will be anchored in a park-like setting, open to the public. The 80-story building is expected to rise to 875 feet. Its slender form and proximity to the water will make it seem even taller to passengers gliding by on waterborne architecture cruises. The big question now is how will this monumental edifice relate to Related Midwest’s project just across the river. If Related can put together another 80-story tower, it will create an architectural gateway that will flood social media with photographs for the next century. If not… then it will be the biggest missed opportunity for Chicago since the city’s silent movie industry thought talkies were a fad, and let the motion picture industry move to Hollywood. Altogether, the four new skyscrapers coming to Lakeshore East are a huge deal, sure to keep construction crews and the boffins at bKL busy for years to come. Huge enough that it’s a little surprising that Hizzonor wasn’t there to be part of the announcement. He seems to have no problem showing up to announce one skyscraper here and there, but it’s been since the mid-80’s that four towers were announced simultaneously in a single development. Much to the disappointment of some in the audience, the tallest building of the four — Tower I — will be the last to be built. Rendering of Lake Shore Drive pedestrian underpass (Courtesy of bKL Architecture) Also part of the project is — FINALLY — a real pedestrian connection to the lakefront. Something that has been needed since the 1960’s. These four skyscrapers will bring to a conclusion the multi-decade transformation of docklands and a rail yard into one of Chicago’s most vibrant neighborhoods. Or does it? Overheard before the meeting was Alderman Reilly hinting that there is still a possibility for a public school to be built at Lakeshore East. This is something that was on most of the early plans for the project, but evaporated from revised diagrams in recent years as Chicago Public Schools ran out of money. With more and more people crowding into downtown Chicago, CPS may need to toss the couch cushions for change to meet the needs of Lakeshore East and Streeterville, where parents are already not happy with the distance their children have to commute to school. Click to view the full article
  11. We’re learning more about the various public-private partnerships that City of Chicago agencies are putting together in order to bring private housing and public services to some of the city’s neighborhoods. Roosevelt Square Library (Courtesy of SOM) At 1328 West Taylor Street in what’s left of Little Italy, paperwork recently filed with the city shows the Chicago Housing Authority is working with Related and Bickerdike Redevelopment to put up what’s being called the Roosevelt Square Library. Currently the property is a surface parking lot. Before that it was the C.H.A.’s ABLA Homes. New York architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, which received worldwide acclaim for its recently completed Chinatown Library is the guiding vision for this building. It describes the project thusly: Activating the street while reflecting the scale and texture of the neighborhood, the buildings are set back and staggered across the site, creating a new public space while preserving the Taylor Street Gardens. Positioned prominently at the corner of the site, the Roosevelt Branch Library welcomes the community inside, with soaring open spaces designed for kids, teenagers, and adults located adjacent to centralized work spaces for librarians and staff. Upstairs, a landscaped public rooftop is envisioned as an outdoor reading room for use by the public and residents alike. Overlooking the library and Taylor Street Gardens, residential units feature floor-to-ceiling windows that will create bright, daylit interiors. Indoor spaces were designed with a focus on communal living, providing shared areas on each floor, an open-concept central circulation staircase, and rooftop greenspace. The lead architect is Brian Lee, who also headed up the Chinatown project. The new library will be roughly double the size of the one it’s replacing. Since the city is involved, you can bet your Aunt Edna’s cobbler there’s affordable housing included. Address: 1340 West Taylor Street Address: 1328 West Taylor Street Developer: Chicago Housing Authority Developer: Related Developer: Bickerdike Redevelopment Architect: Brian Lee Architecture firm: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Floors: 7 Maximum height: 86 feet Residences: 73 Library: 16,000 square feet Auto parking spaces: 35 Click to view the full article
  12. The latest skyscraper to change Chicago’s skyline has been given permission to take off. Essex on the Park (808 South Michigan Avenue) has been given its papers and can now grow to its anticipated height of 620 feet, right across the street from Grant Park. Rendering of Essex on the Park (Courtesy of Oxford Capital Group/Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture) FULL BUILDING PERMIT (FOUNDATION PERMIT ISSUED UNDER 100684545) FOR A PROPOSED 56 STORY 479 DWELLING UNITS RESIDENTIAL BUILDING; 84 PARKING SPACES; GROUND FLOOR RETAIL; ALL AS PER PLANS The Essex tower will not only add the above-mentioned residences to the South Loop, it comes with an extensive renovation and expansion of the old Essex Inn hotel, itself a Michigan Avenue icon. The tower design is by Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture for Oxford Capital and Quadrum Global. Click to view the full article
  13. There is a point in the construction of every skyscraper where it goes from amorphous chaos of dirt and rebar and transforms into something resembling its future self. Like when a tadpole sprouts legs and starts to look more like a frog than a ‘wog. Or when your 12-year-old daughter puts on her first formal dress, and as a father you’re both bursting with pride, and horrified at what might come next. 465 North Park under construction (Courtesy of Streeterville Spy Joel) That cotillion moment has arrived for 465 North Park, the still blandly-named skyscraper that’s out of the ground, and rapidly gaining both height and glass along Illinois Street in Streeterville. As you can see in the photo that Streeterville Spy Joel dropped into our tip box, 465’s curves are starting to show, and we’re starting to really get a sense of what Pappageorge Haymes had in mind when it put this one together for MetLife, Allstate, and Jupiter Realty. From the air it’s possible to see how the tri-lobed form could be inspired by a flower. We’ve heard real estate agents call it a “lotus,” though an iris or even a tuberose would be more accurate. But lotuses are trendy among the sushi-eating classes, so we’ll let them have it. Either way, we’re anxious to see this one start to make an impact on the neighborhood. First, in its height because it’ll be a nice, glittery, curvy addition to an area often marred by density-maximizing, street grid-hugging, sun-eaters. 465 North Park under construction (Courtesy of Streeterville Spy Joel) And second, we’re interested to see how the port-cochere works out, as it’s supposed to actually circle underneath the building’s amenity deck. A few thousand casino-style lights embedded in the ceiling of that entryway might be just the thing to fight back the dankness of a Chicago winter. Or if you’re really going for the wow factor, put a glass bottom in the pool, which will be located right above where people will be coming and going. And we all know, globally speaking, that glass-bottomed pools are even more popular these days than lotus flowers. Click to view the full article
  14. Just 12 hours after we were the first to tell you that construction crews were busy starting work on Wolf Point East, the skyscraper’s Houston developer, Hines, made it official with a press release (below). We were able to break the news for you thanks to Loop Spy Chris, who saw bulldozers, remembered our tip line, and did the right thing. Wolf Point East is the second of three skyscrapers planned for the knob of land that juts into the Chicago River in the heart of downtown. The Pelli Clarke Pelli-designed building will bring almost 700 new homes to River North. Pappageorge Haymes is the architect of record. Rendering of Wolf Point East (Courtesy of Hines) HINES BREAKS GROUND ON WOLF POINT EAST IN CHICAGO Construction Underway on Second Phase of Wolf Point Development (CHICAGO) – Hines, the international real estate firm, announced today the start of construction on the 60-story, 698-unit Wolf Point East luxury apartment tower. Wolf Point East represents the second phase of the overall Wolf Point Master Plan, a three-phase development designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli located on one of the last remaining riverfront sites in Downtown Chicago. Wolf Point East will offer permanent, protected views down the south and east legs of the Chicago River, refined unit layouts and interior design schemes and a market-leading mix of indoor amenities and dedicated outdoor spaces. The site offers immediate access to the Chicago River Walk and easy access to multiple transit options. Hines is developing Wolf Point East in partnership with long-time land owner, the Joseph P. Kennedy Family, and the AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust, advised by PNC Realty Investors. “Our goal at Wolf Point has always been to create long-term value for Chicago and its residents. Wolf Point East furthers our investment in the City and contributes to the evolution of one of its most exciting amenities: the river,” commented Chris Kennedy. Hines Senior Managing Director Jim Walsh added, “We continue to see intense demand for high-quality spaces in which to live, work and play along the Chicago River and we believe that Wolf Point East is well-positioned to satisfy the demands of Chicago’s sophisticated downtown residents.” Bank of America Merrill Lynch led the construction loan financing for the project in conjunction with ULLICO, Citizens Bank and ING Real Estate Finance. Walsh Construction is serving as the general contractor and Pappageorge Haymes Partners is the Architect of Record. Initial turnover of units is projected to occur in late 2019. Hines is a privately owned global real estate investment, development and management firm, founded in 1957, with a presence in 189 cities in 20 countries and $96.5 billion of assets under management, including $48.5 billion for which Hines provides fiduciary investment management services and $48 billion for which Hines provides third-party property-level services. The firm has 114 developments currently underway around the world, and historically, has developed, redeveloped or acquired 1,205 properties, totaling over 390 million square feet. The firm’s current property and asset management portfolio includes 533 properties, representing over 213 million square feet. With extensive experience in investments across the risk spectrum and all property types, and a pioneering commitment to sustainability, Hines is one of the largest and most respected real estate organizations in the world. Visit for more information. The AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust is an open-end commingled core commercial real estate fund with over $6 billion in gross assets as of March 31, 2017. Since beginning operations in 1988, the BIT has invested over $6.3 billion for the development and acquisition of more than 200 office, retail, multifamily, hotel, warehouse, and mixed use properties across the country. The BIT is managed by PNC Bank, National Association (PNC Bank), as Trustee. PNC Realty Investors (PRI) provides investment advisory services to the BIT. The AFL-CIO Investment Trust Corporation provides, marketing, investor relations, and labor relations. Rendering of Wolf Point East (Courtesy of Hines) Click to view the full article
  15. Less than a week after the city issued the first permits for Wolf Point East, work is already vividly underway. Loop Spy Chris tipped our line with a photo of excavators excavating, haulers hauling, and bulldozers bulldozing where soon a skyscraper sporting almost six hundred new homes will sprout along the Chicago River. Moving dirt for Wolf Point East (Courtesy of Loop Spy Chris) You may remember that this 675-foot-tall tower was previously planned to be a mixed bag of office, retail, hotel, and residential space. But the developer is jumping on what may be the tail end of the downtown apartment bandwagon, betting there’s still enough life in the residential bubble to warrant an entire tower of it. Wolf Point East was also originally designed to be 750 feet tall. But it’s more modest shape and its 60 stories will now better compliment Wolf Point West, the sister tower on the point with 48 floors. Click to view the full article
  16. One of the first long-form articles we published in Chicago Architecture way back in October of 2003 was a preview of Lakeshore East. Back then, the only building that had been erected was The Lancaster at 201 North Westshore Drive. The rest of Lakeshore East was dirt and weeds and a former caddyshack that still sported a small luncheonette that refused to die. My how things have changed. From the curvalicious skyscraper that put Jeanne Gang on the map to the lickable glass lighthouses that mock Lake Michigan, to one of the best supermarkets in the city, the area has gone from near-wasteland to metropolitan neighborhood in just about the same amount of time as we’ve been publishing this blog. Now Lakeshore East’s final chapters are about to be written, and one of them is missing. Original 1970’s plan for the northeast corner of Lakeshore East Alderman Brendan Reilly has called a public meeting to talk about the last four skyscrapers proposed for L.S.E. That’s “four,” as in one less than “five,” the number of skyscrapers that Lakeshore East was originally laid out for. What’s missing is Building L, originally intended to be a 45-story, 480-foot-tall tower on North Harbor Drive, across the driveway from the North Harbor Tower. The entire plan for the northeast corner of Lakeshore East has been re-drawn. Instead of four towers joined by townhouses encircling a formal square park, it’s become three towers, off the street grid, in a more informal setting. Much like the dramatic change of North Grant Park from Parisienne regulated garden into the exuberant Maggie Daley Park and Funfair. What was once Buildings I, J, K, and L have become I, J, and K/L. Together, the original four towers for this corner of Lakeshore East were intended to rise 1,695 feet — so, about 150 residential floors, meaning an average tower rise of 46 stories. Will eliminating one of the towers now raise the average height of the buildings to 50 stories in order to make up the lost space? We’ll find out on Monday, July 10th when Lendlease and Lakeshore East give a public presentation on their plans for the corner. Original vision for the northeast corner of Lakeshore East The interesting part is that it appears that the city will get another lakefront hotel. We’d heard for years that the northeast corner of Lakeshore East was too valuable to waste on residential towers alone, and that a hotel will be part of the mix. Now that notion has gone from scuttlebutt to reality. The plan includes a 300-room hotel, along with the 1,400 residences in the three towers. Reducing the number of towers, even with increased height, will certainly make the area feel more open and less like a giant wall locking the city away from the lake. But it remains to be seen if the flanking and linking townhomes will still be built. If so, we’re back to locking the public away from the city’s greatest visual resource. But there is hope: Lendlease wants to build 30,000 square feet of retail here as well. So, even if low-rise construction happens, it could still be open to the public. Meanwhile, things are still percolating over at Building O. Previous rendering of Building O You’ll remember Building O as the Dagwood sandwich of two hotels and a residential block that was slated for the pit between Aqua (225 North Columbus Drive) and what is now 300 East Randolph Street. In the original Lakeshore East plan, it was to stand 900 feet tall. But later it sacrificed some of that height for its sister and ended up in the 600’s. Then an article in the Sun-Times shed some doubt on the chances of it getting controversial overseas funding, and things went distinctly silent since then. Now, according to Mr. Reilly, Lakeshore East is ready to move forward and finally put the O in Lakeshore East. He says O will once again have two hotels, and this time 640 residences, so we could be looking at something very similar to the design that bKL put together a couple of years ago. It will certainly have to be about the same stature. If you’d like to refresh your memory, and get an idea of what we could be in for, check out our October 23, 2014 article The Story of O: Three Buildings In One. Details of the latest plan will be revealed at the same public meeting mentioned above: July 10 at 6pm at the Hyatt Regency West Tower’s Ballroom. Get there early, as a big crowd is expected. New plan for the northeast corner of Lakeshore East Click to view the full article
  17. If you were looking forward to spending leisurely summer evenings enjoying downtown Chicago’s riparian delights underneath its trio of twinkling new skyscraper stars… think again. Just when 150 North Riverside, River Point, Wolf Point West, and the Chicago Riverwalk expansion stopped filling the air with the sounds of pile drivers, caisson drillers, and steam whistle birds, new construction is just around the corner. Fun fact: Even though they were outdated, steam whistle birds were commonly used on Chicago construction sites well into the 1990’s due to their union job security. The first permits have been issued for Wolf Point East FOUNDATION AND STRUCTURE UP TO GRADE FOR PROPOSED 60-STORY RESIDENTIAL BUILDING WITH 6 BASEMENT PAKING LEVELS AND 698 DWELLING UNITS. The tag on this pup’s collar reads 313 East Wolf Point Plaza. Previously we were supposed to return him to 326 North Orleans Street if found. The permit comes two days after Loop Spy Chris sent us new photographs of soil sampling trucks piercing the riverside soil like a couple of bull ticks going to town on a lupine feast. Wolf Point East soil sampling (courtesy of Loop Spy Chris) This will be the second residential tower on Wolf Point, after bKL Architecture and Magellan Development’s Wolf Point West, which kicked off the redevelopment of the confluence of the Chicago River. Click to view the full article
  18. As the trio of Grant Park-adjacent skyscrapers begin their journeys from paperwork to parapets, today we take a peek in at One Grant Park (113 East Roosevelt Road/1200 South Indiana Avenue). One Grant Park under construction (Courtesy of Joe Zekas/YoChicago!) Construction crews were recently granted permission to build up to about 10% of the 76-story building’s eventual height. And as you can see in the photo above from Joe Zekas at YoChicago!, no time is being wasted turning a former weedy lot into Rafael Viñoly’s vision of a pair of conjoined skyscrapers anchoring the southwest corner of Chicgao’s front lawn. If you go to Lollapalooza this year, take lots of skyline pictures. The photos you take next summer will look radically different. Rendering of One Grant Park (Courtesy of Crescent Heights) Click to view the full article
  19. It’s been 88 years since the song Happy Days Are Here Again first started crackling over the airwaves of Chicago’s early radio stations. Back then, Chicago was a city of music and J.E.O. Pridmore’s Bush Temple of Music was a showcase of the city’s piano industry. It later fell into disrepair, but an innovative re-imagining of the building has brought it back to life. Rendering showing 810 North Clark and Flats No. 800 fff on the left, and the future LDS Chapel on the right (Courtesy of Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture) Cedar Street Companies is being honored by Landmarks Illinois with the 2017 Real Estate and Building Industries Council Award for renovating and restoring the former piano store, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Making the numbers work for residential real estate in downtown Chicago is always challenging. Cedar’s two-part solution was to fill the old structure with micro-apartments, and then compliment that building with a new, modern glass tower behind it. The result is 108 homes in the historic building, with facade restoration designed by FitzGerald Associates, with Vinci Hamp Architects; and 110 more in the 15-story supplemental tower designed by Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture. While Cedar Street has added modern luxuries to Bush Temple, many of the building’s historic details have been preserved. Bush Temple has its original skylights on the first floor and original marble walls in its corridors. Terrazzo flooring throughout the building has been maintained. Many apartment units also have original single-panel doors with fritted glass and restored panel windows. “Cedar Street has become known for its creative and exciting apartment conversions, which leverage historic character as part of a successful business model,” said Bonnie McDonald, President and CEO of Landmarks Illinois. “We’re looking forward to highlighting Cedar Street’s completed projects and helping reveal its latest project to our network of industry professionals.” The project is now known as Flats No. 800, the latest in Cedar Street’s Flats chain of diminutive apartments in repurposed buildings across the city. Cedar Street will be officially presented with the award next month. Click to view the full article
  20. Kara Mann, interior designer of 1000M (Courtesy of Time Equities) We don’t do a lot of news about interiors around here. But then we haven’t heard too much out of 1000M in a while, either. So that’s why we’re mentioning that the people behind Helmut Jahn’s new Michigan Avenue skyscraper have picked Kara Mann to kit out the inside of the 74-story tower. 1000M (1000 South Michigan Avenue) replaces a surface parking lot that incredibly has managed to survive for years, scarring Chicago’s premier skyscraper streetwall. It will help complete the block it’s on, while making that stretch of Michigan Avenue more attractive and walkable. And tourists can stop asking their Uber drivers, “What went wrong there? Must have been something terrible for there to be an empty lot across from Grant Park!” When completed, the building being built for Time Equities, JK Equities, and Oak Capitals will be 832 feet tall, with 323 residences, and gradually expand over its neighbor at 1006 South Michigan Avenue like a fat guy in the middle seat on a United flight to Baltimore. (Seriously? “Snacks for purchase?” What is this, Spirit?) Rendering of 1000M (Courtesy of Time Equities) Chicago’s Newest Skyscraper, 1000M, Taps Kara Mann To Be Interior Designer Developers of Luxury Condominium Continues To Celebrate Chicago Natives CHICAGO, IL — Real estate developers Time Equities (TEI), JK Equities (JKE) and Oak Capitals (Oak), partners behind 1000M, the 74-story, 832-foot luxury condominium tower at 1000 South Michigan along Chicago’s Cultural Mile and at the edge of Grant Park in Downtown Chicago, announced today that Kara Mann, the founder and creative director of KARA MANN, is the interior designer and interior architect for the project. Located on an extraordinary Chicago site and with a building designed by renowned Chicago-based architect Helmut Jahn, this building is a celebration of the city in which it is located. Kara Mann’s appointment is a continuation of that. This is Mann’s first ground-up condominium tower. She is designing the interior layouts and finish selections for the 323 residences and all amenities at 1000M. Homes will offer gracious open plans featuring expansive glass walls, with an abundance of natural light, and panoramic views of Grant Park, Lake Michigan, the Loop, and the surrounding Museum Campus. “We are extremely proud and excited to have Kara as the interior designer of 1000M,” said Francis Greenburger, Chairman of Time Equities. “As a rising star in the design industry, Kara brings a sophisticated edge to all the layouts, finishes and amenity spaces, which truly align with our vision for the project. She will be a key partner in our seeking beautiful design that will help shape this iconic building, which will be one of the tallest in Chicago and one that will forever help define the city’s skyline.” Mann brings her extensive experience designing luxury residences, hospitality projects, and high-end retail shops to her work on the interiors of 1000M. Each residence will feature natural wood floors, as well as a mix of stone options in the kitchens and bathrooms. Kitchens will feature custom cabinetry, Subzero refrigerators and Wolf ranges, while master bathrooms contain over-sized showers and ‘wet rooms’ furnished with large soaking tubs. The upper floor homes will feature extra-large in-set balconies, which function as outdoor rooms. Purchasers will be able to choose from four elegant interior design packages. In addition to designing the interiors, Kara is responsible for the nearly 40,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenity space. The amenity spaces at 1000M will emphasize wellness and health, as well as encourage a strong sense of community and augment the sophisticated lifestyle enjoyed by residents. “1000M is a truly special project, not only for the city of Chicago, but for my career as well,” said Kara Mann. “1000M is a seamless display of creating an environment that combines art and design, and creates a strong relationship between the exterior and interior. I am determined to set a new bar in Chicago for style, comfort, functionality, and ultimately—beauty.” In addition to her work on individual homes, Kara has worked on hotels and restaurants throughout the United States and internationally, including the Talbot Hotel and Hotel Chelsea, and most notably, in Chicago, she designed the amenity and public spaces for OneEleven, a high end rental apartment building. Centrally located along Chicago’s Cultural Mile and the Historic Michigan Boulevard District, 1000M is within walking distance of countless neighborhood amenities – including Grant, Maggie Daley and Millennium Park, the lakefront, restaurants, transportation, schools and of course world class cultural institutions such as the Art Institute, Field Museum, and Soldier Field. Sales for the project are expected to launch in the summer of 2017, with construction to start in 2018. For more information on 1000M, please visit the website at Click to view the full article
  21. This past Wednesday and Thursday were good days for Hines, McCaffery Interests, the government of Abu Dhabi, and anyone else counting on the redevelopment of the old Children’s Memorial Hospital property in Lincoln Park into a new mixed-use micro-neighborhood called The Lincoln Common. That’s because the City of Chicago issued construction permits for the two biggest components of the enormous project. Rendering of The Lincoln Common (Courtesy of Hines) The first nod came on Wednesday for the $19 million tower at 2345 North Lincoln Avenue: NEW CONSTRUCTION. FOUNDATION AND SUPERSTRUCTURE ONLY . 20 STORY MIXED USE BUILDING. 269 DWELLING UNITS. ZERO PARKING SPACES. And then a day later, the $14 million 2335 North Lincoln Avenue saw some love: NEW CONSTRUCTION. FOUNDATION AND SUPERSTRUCTURE ONLY 20 STORY MIXED USE BUILDING. 269 DWELLING UNITS. ZERO PARKING SPACES. The two flanking towers are the lynchpins of the complex, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and Antunovich Associates. Rendering of The Lincoln Common (Courtesy of McCaffery Interests) Click to view the full article
  22. قیچی خم و برش آرماتور در این مبحث سعی گردیده تا دلایل استفاده از خاموت زن ها و قیچی های خم و برش آرماتور بطور اجمالی بیان شود. کلیه مصالح بنائی از جمله بتن، تاب و تحمل کشش را نداشته و در اندک زمان در مقابل نیروی کششی از همدیگر گسیخته می‌شوند. در مقاطعی که بتن تحت تاثیر نیروی کششی باشد فولادگذاری می‌شود. فولاد آلیاژی است که از آهن و کربن تشکیل شده؛ هر چقدر درصد کربن بیشـتر باشد فولاد سخـت‌تر و شکننده‌تر شده و خاصیت شکل‌پذیری آن کمتر می‌شود. فولادی که در ساختمان مصرف می‌شود باید به راحتی شکل‌پذیر باشد تا بصورت دلخواه و سرد، خم شود. آرماتوربندی از حساس‌ترین و بادقت‌ترین قسمت‌های ساختمانی بتنی می‌باشد؛ زیرا همانطوری که قبلا گفته شد کلیه نیروهای کششی در ساختمان بوسیله میلگردها تحمل می‌شود. نکات مهم درباره آماتوربندی از آماتور های زنگ زده و یا آغشته به روغن نباید استفاده گردد و در صورت وجود آلودگی باید ابتدا به پاکسازی آنها قبل از اجرا اقدام نماییم. خاموت ها باید به وسیله ی سیم آماتور بندی به آماتور های طولی بسته شود در واقع به وسیله ی سیم آماتور بندی به تمام میلگرد های طولی مهار شوند. تمام میلگرد ها باید توسط قیچی مخصوص بریده شوند و نباید میلگرد ها را توسط دستگاه هوا برش برید زیرا باعث میشود چند سانتی متر بریده شده با حرارت غیر قابل استفاده باشد. دستگاه قیچی خم و برش آرماتور جهت اجرای فونداسیون ساختمان و اجرای سقف و طبقات و جهت راهسازی و پل سازی مورد استفاده قرار می گیرد با استفاده از دستگاه قیچی خم و برش آرماتور در وقت و هزینه خود در قسمت های مختلف ساختمان صرفه جویی نمایید از خم کردن آماتور در دمای پایین تر از پنج درجه سانتی کرد خودداری گردد و نباید آماتور ها را که خم کردیم باز و بسته کنیم برای خم کردن دوباره و شکل دادن مجدد و باید تمام میلگرد ها به صورت سرد و با دستگاه مکانیکی خم شوند.
  23. Some downtown Chicago projects seem to take forever. Marlowe is not one of them. The new Antunovich Associates-designed residential tower at 675 North Wells Street has gone from announcement to permits to crane-up in just four months, eliminating yet another surface parking lot from one of the most rapidly-transforming nooks of downtown Chicago. River North Spy Joel sent us the photo below, showing Marlowe’s crane doing its thing at the corner of Wells and Huron. When complete, LMC’s 15-story building will have 176 residences, 84 parking spaces, and 11,000 square feet of retail space. The Marlowe under construction (Courtesy of River North Spy Joel) Click to view the full article
  24. لباس زنانه در دنیای امروز کمتر کسی است که از اهمیت لباس در زندگی روزمره بیخبر باشد. نحوه لباس پوشیدن شما در حال حاظر دیگر از پوشاندن بدن فراتر رفته و به جنبه هایی از علوم مختلف مانند روانشناسی ، کسب و کار ، مد و ... تبدیل شده است. دیگر آن زمان گذشته که شما به هر لباسی که دوست دارید بتوانید به محل کار یا جلسات کاری بروید و همچنین با توجه به پیدایش سبک های خاص لباس ، هر لباس برای یک محل ساخته و مناسب است. البته در این مقاله سعی شده که اهمیت لباس برای بانوان محترم بیشتر توضیح داده شود. در کشور عزیز ما ایران با توجه به جاری بودن قوانین اسلامی ، پوشیدن لباس بیشتر از کشور های غربی دارای بحث روانشناختی و مسائل اجتماعی شده است یعنی شما ممکن است در کشورهای غربی بتوانید در بعضی مراسم لباسهای حتی نامتعارف بپوشید ولی در ایران این مسئله هنوز به این شکل وجود ندارد و آن هم فقط برای قوانین کشور نیست زیرا بیشتر لباس پوشیدن خانم ها در ایران تابع وضعیت و منطقه زندگی افراد است و بخصوص از فرهنگ مردم ایران و ناحیه محل زندگی نشات می گیرد. در حال حاظر بسیاری از شرکت ها برای کارمندان خانم خود دست به طراحی لباس زنانه خاص یا همان لباس فرم زده اند که باتوجه به تحقیقات آماری و میدانی این عمل در رشد شخصیتی و اعتماد به نفس بودن خانم ها نقش بسزایی داشته و همینطور حتی باعث ترغیب مجدد ارباب رجوع به بازگشت به آن شرکت و درنتیجه بالا بردن سود آن شرکت شده است. خود شما تصور نمایید که برای خرید به دو آژانس هواپیمایی رفته که یکی از آنها تمامی کارمندان دارای لباس فرم بوده و دیگری اینچنین نباشد یعنی هرکسی برای خود یک لباس پوشیده باشد. واقعا شما از نظر نظم و امنیت خاطری که به شما با دیدن این دو محل قرار می دهد کدام را برای خرید بلیط انتخاب می کنید؟ شاید جواب بیش از 90% مردم آن آژانس باشد که همگی لباس فرم برتن دارند، این یکی از جنبه های روانی لباس برروی افراد مختلف است. در این زمینه شاید بتوان صدها مورد مثال و چندین صفحه مقاله نوشت. فقط این چند سطر خط نوشته شده جهت تلنگری بود برای ذهن شما خواننده محترم و بخصوص بانوان گرامی که در انتخاب پوشش و لباس زنانه فقط به ظاهر آن توجه نداشته و بلکه مسائل روانی حاصل از آن را هم ببینید. با سپاس فراوان منبع: لباس زنانه آویستا
  25. تست غير مخرب NDT تست های غير مخرب (Non Destructive Tests) آزمايش‎هايي هستند که براي انجام آنها نيازي به تخريب قطعه و نمونه برداري نيست و در صورت لزوم مي‎توان تست های غير مخرب را بدون اينکه به قطعه آسيبي برسد، روي تمامي قسمت هاي آن انجام داد. از اين رو است که اين آزمون‎ ها را آزمايش غير مخرب ناميده‎اند. با استفاده از تست هاي غير مخرب مي‎توان عيوب موجود در قطعات از جمله تخلخل و حفره‎هاي داخلي، ترک و ناپيوستگي‎هاي سطحي و داخلي، ناخالصي‎ها و انواع عيوبي که در حين توليد و يا در حين کار تحت شرايط ويژه محيط کار ايجاد و شکل مي‎گيرند را شناسايي نمود. عملکرد و طول عمر هر قطعه در حين کار به نوع، اندازه، موقعيت عيب موجود در آن و عيوبي که در شرايط کاري در آن ايجاد مي‎شود بستگي دارد. در مواردي تعيين حد قابل قبول يا حد مجاز عيوب ضرورت مي‎يابد. اندازه حد مجاز عيوب به حساسيت موقعيت کاري قطعه بستگي داشته و از اهميت بيشتري برخوردار است. در مواردي اهميت آزمايش‎هاي غير مخرب براي اندازه‎گيري ترک و مقايسه آن با اندازه مجاز و برآورد طول عمر در ارتباط با آهنگ رشد و گسترش ترک، بويژه براي قطعاتي که در معرض بارهاي متناوب و يا در شرايط خوردگي قرار مي‎گيرند، مشخص مي‎شود. اگر اندازه ترک بسيار کوچکتر از حد مجاز باشد، در شرايطي اين ترک تحت تاثير بار اعمال شده مي‎تواند گسترش نيابد و در نتيجه قطعه قادر به ادامه سرويس دهي خواهد بود. از اين جهت براي کسب اطمينان از نرسيدن اندازه ترک به انداره بحراني و وقوع شکست ناگهاني در آنها اين گونه قطعات بايد در حين کار و سرويس دهي بطور متناوب مورد بازرسي قرار گيرند. آزمايش هاي غير مخرب،تست هاي غير مخرب، NDT تست های غير مخرب NDT آزمايش‎هاي غير مخرب فقط براي شناسايي عيوب به کار نمي‎روند، بلکه تعدادي از آنها براي تعيين نوع ساختار شبکه کريستالي، اندازه‎گيري ابعاد و ضخامت پوشش‎ها نيز به کار مي‎روند. ويژگي‎ها و مزاياي آزمونهاي غير مخرب انواع آزمون‎هاي غير مخرب و بازرسی جوش - بازرسي چشمي - آزمون نشت - آزمون مايع نافذ - آزمون ذرات مغناطيسي - آزمون جريان الکتريکي - آزمون جريان گردابي - آزمون ماوراءصوت يا اولتراسونيک - آزمون راديوگرافي - آزمون نشر صوت - آزمون حرارتي منابع و پيوندها ويرايش گردآوري شده توسط دپارتمان پژوهشي شرکت پاکمن حسين تويسرکاني، بررسي‎هاي غير مخرب، جهاد دانشگاهي واحد صنعتي اصفهان، مرکز انتشارات، چاپ سوم، 1391 ASM Handbook, Nondestructive Evaluation and Quality Control, vol17, ASM international, 2000 X.E. Gros, NDT Data Fusion, A member of the Hodder Headline Group, 1997 صفحه مهندسي مواد و متالورژي مجله علمي ويکي پي جي
  26. Eight floors is a long way from 76, but it’s a lot closer than zero. Especially when you’re talking about building a skyscraper on the south end of Grant Park. Rendering of One Grant Park (Courtesy of Crescent Heights) The skyscraper in question is One Grant Park, the 829-foot-tall residential tower designed by Rafael Viñoly for Crescent Heights. Last week the City of Chicago issued another construction permit for the project, allowing it to climb to the not-so-dizzying height of eight stories. PARTIAL SUPERSTRUCTURE FROM LEVEL 4 TO UNDERSIDE OF LEVEL 8 FOR PROPOSED 76-STORY (80-LEVEL) RESIDENTIAL TOWER WITH 792 DWELLING UNITS, GROUND FLOOR RETAIL AND 12 LEVELS OF PARKING. Considering the number of very tall buildings that get proposed and then mothballed in Chicago each year, getting to the eighth floor is worthy of a minor celebration. And when this building, plus the Vista Tower, plus Essex on the Park, plus 1000M are completed, there will be reason to break out the marching band. Click to view the full article
  27. It’s not every day that downtown Chicago gets a new set of greystones. So if you’ve had your fill of skyscrapers and cranes, head over to 111 West Chestnut Street where a row of ten new homes designed by Booth Hansen are being built. Greystones under construction at 111 West Chestnut (Courtesy of Near North Spy Joel) Near North Spy Joel dropped the photo above into our tip line, showing that the pit we reported on in 2015 has been filled in, and construction of the new residences is up to the first floor. You can quite clearly see the characteristic stairs and stoops of the buildings already taking shape. And since these are new construction, the basement levels have ¾ windows, instead of much less, which is often the case. Click to view the full article
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