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Old February 13th, 2005, 11:48 PM   #21
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Great news for Chicago.
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Old February 14th, 2005, 12:42 AM   #22
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Absolutely amazing tower!
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Old February 14th, 2005, 05:49 AM   #23
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Deutsche Bank, actually.
Oh yes that's right. I read it on CNN's ticker, and I couldn't remember for sure.

Speaking of Deutsche Bank. Do they plan on building a new building in NYC or are they waiting to occupy one of the NWTC buildings?
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Old February 14th, 2005, 09:53 PM   #24
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Nice to see such a horrible building be replaced by such a beauty...
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Old February 14th, 2005, 11:09 PM   #25
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The released renderings make it seem like a rather dull tower. But then that doesnt matter in a city like Chicago where there are already so many wonders...
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Old February 15th, 2005, 09:34 AM   #26
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The released renderings make it seem like a rather dull tower. But then that doesnt matter in a city like Chicago where there are already so many wonders...
I think it'll actually be much more interesting in reality than in the current rendering. If anyone here is familiar with the facade details of the Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai (designed by the same architect), this building will have a similar facade, albeit a little more glassy and less silvery grey.
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Old February 20th, 2005, 11:07 PM   #27
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The Sun-Times building is now pretty much gone, and a crane has been assembled to begin installing the caissons to support the new building:



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Old February 20th, 2005, 11:32 PM   #28
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Really nice tower for a great city! actually i like this one much more than the one in NY.

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Old February 20th, 2005, 11:35 PM   #29
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From the most recent renderings, I think this will be the most beautiful tower in the U.S. IMO.
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Old February 21st, 2005, 12:52 AM   #30
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If you notice how the Trump Tower has 3 different levels that will offset the height of the buildings surrounding Trump Tower making it more easy on the eyes. I think this one is beautiful. But the other 1,000 footer going up right across the river from the Trump Tower has my heart...Waterview Tower.

The other 1,000 footer going up in Chicago.
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Old February 23rd, 2005, 05:22 AM   #31
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As of 4:16pm yesterday (GMT -6:00), they've drilled and lowered the first caisson into the ground, officially beginning the foundation of Trump Tower:





Thanks to BVictor @ SSP for the photos...
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Old February 23rd, 2005, 05:48 AM   #32
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If you notice how the Trump Tower has 3 different levels that will offset the height of the buildings surrounding Trump Tower making it more easy on the eyes. I think this one is beautiful. But the other 1,000 footer going up right across the river from the Trump Tower has my heart...Waterview Tower.

The other 1,000 footer going up in Chicago.
Speaking of the Waterview, has there been any news on it lately?
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Old February 23rd, 2005, 04:56 PM   #33
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As of 4:16pm yesterday (GMT -6:00), they've drilled and lowered the first caisson into the ground, officially beginning the foundation of Trump Tower:

Although I'm as excited to see this get off the ground as soon as possible, let's not jump the gun. . . Victor said that the caisson was for the viaduct. . . not for the "foundation of Trump Tower". . . we'll get there Chi-town. . . in due time. . .
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Old March 9th, 2005, 02:46 AM   #34
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Alright, so I went by the site today and ran into Sidewalk Joe, a retiried guy I know who knows everything and anything about cassions and Case Foundation. I he told me a nice tid bit of information that he recievied straight from the horse’s mouth:

THE FIRST TEST ROCK CAISSON WILL BE DRILLED NEXT WEEK, AS EARLY AS MONDAY!

This test caisson, will be an actual caisson of the building, and therefore, will make the building officially under construction. The current plan is to place it near the northwest corner of the site (near the Kinzie-State-Wabash parking garage) and drill 8 feet into the bedrock. The purpose of this is to take a look at the composition and condition of the first few feet of bedrock and determine how far into the rock all of the caissons need to go. The solid bedrock is estimated to be 105 feet down. A third drilling crane has arrived on site, and will be assembled starting tomorrow. The caisson top (the large steel tubes placed into the holes) should be on site by Friday or Saturday. It will be 8-12 feet in diameter, so everyone keep an eye out for this because the sooner they get this, the sooner they start. Brandenburg also needs to continue some site clean up, because there is a pile debris located around where this is going to go. So keep your eyes peeled and stay tuned; the moment we have all been waiting for is rapidly coming upon us.

In other news, the Wabash viaduct portion of the project has drilled a access hole into an abandoned freight tunnel stub, 42 feet down. The city had them fill it will four feet of grout. I will put the pictures from today up tomorrow evening, after I recharge the camera battery.
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Old March 9th, 2005, 06:53 AM   #35
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Most recent pics of the site from BVictor:





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Old March 9th, 2005, 08:18 PM   #36
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Some unfortunate news. I heard it on WGN 9 and they have an article in the Chicago Tribune.

Trump dumps lofty goal for tower's spire

By Blair Kamin, Tribune architecture critic. Tribune staff reporter Gary Washburn contributed to this report
Published March 9, 2005


Donald Trump's spire isn't going higher.

The flamboyant developer and reality TV star said Tuesday he no longer wants to construct the nation's tallest building in Chicago.

Last month, Trump caved in to Mayor Richard Daley's demand that he keep a decorative spire atop his Chicago tower. Trump then set his sights on an even taller spire, one that might make his building top Sears Tower as the nation's tallest. Instead, Trump said Tuesday that he would retain the spire's previous height, making his tower about 90 feet shorter than the 1,450-foot-tall Sears.

The reasons: Plans for the extended spire looked awkward, Trump said. And some people who have bought units in the 92-story hotel and condominium tower expressed concern about living in the building, apparently because its greater height could make it a terrorist target.

"I don't want to change the profile of the building, both physically or psychologically," Trump said in a telephone interview from his New York City office. "What difference does it make? [The record] isn't what it used to be."

Asked if that means he is scared of terrorism, Trump replied: "I'm never scared."

But he acknowledged that after the news hit the front pages that he might construct the nation's tallest building, his staff called 10 people who have bought units in the building, formally known as Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago. Three, he said, preferred that the building's height remain lower than Sears'.

"That's a pretty good percentage--30 percent," he said. "That, carried forward, would make 30 percent of the people less happy."

Trump reports he has sold about 65 percent of the units in the skyscraper, now under construction on the riverfront Wabash Avenue site formerly occupied by the squat, seven-story Chicago Sun-Times Building. With 35 percent of the units left to sell, Trump made the right choice, one Chicago real estate developer said.

"I certainly think there are buyers out there at the high-end who would prefer not being in ... a building that draws attention to itself for unnecessary reasons," said Tom Weeks, president of LR Development, which has developed such high-profile luxury skyscrapers as the Park Tower at 800 N. Michigan Ave.

Not building the extended spire will save him about $1.5 million dollars in construction costs, Trump said.

Mayoral spokeswoman Jacquelyn Heard said Daley "understands it's a business decision."

The Daley administration had welcomed Trump's desire to shoot for having the nation's tallest building, saying it would be "amenable" to such a plan. But Ald. Burton Natarus (42nd), who represents the ward where the skyscraper is being built, threatened to file an ordinance blocking the tower if Trump sought "administrative changes" to the project, such as altering the height.

Tuesday's development was the latest switch in a skyline drama that has had more twists and turns than Trump's reality TV show, "The Apprentice."

Trump originally planned a 2,000-foot tower, but scaled it back to a blocky 78-story high-rise after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Last year, he appeared satisfied to have a sleek tower of 1,125 feet, two feet shorter than the John Hancock Center, which would have made Trump's tower the city's fourth-tallest building. After no one lined up to buy antenna space atop the building, Trump decided last year to ditch the spire.

But Daley urged the developer to put it back. And last month, when the Daley-Trump face-off was revealed, Trump's architects, the Chicago firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, said the spire would reach to a height of 1,360 feet, or 235 feet taller than the building's roof.

Topping Sears, as City Hall suggested the developer might do two weeks ago, would have meant extending the spire at least 326 feet above the roof.

But those extensions made the spire "a little bit gangly" and "very convoluted," Trump said.

Stressing that he has sold more than $600 million of units in the building, Trump said, "I am very superstitious about changing things that are very successful."

The spire, he said, would remain at the "original height," though it is "more beautiful" now than when it was largely a structural feature designed to hold up an antenna. A 1,360-tower would be Chicago's second tallest building, shorter than Sears, but taller than the Hancock and the 1,136-foot Aon Center.

Architects at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill could not be reached for comment.

Communications antennas do not count in a building's overall height, according to the Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, the international arbiter of height rules. The council counts decorative spires as part of a building's height, however. The world's tallest building, Taipei 101 in Taiwan, is 1,667 feet tall.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/l...l=chi-news-hed
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Old March 9th, 2005, 08:21 PM   #37
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Actually, it is really good news in the end. In Chicago, it's important that the Tower maintains its' prestigous look. And an akward spire that would make it the tallest in the Nation would not have upheld Trump Tower's beauty. I think everyone will be pleased with the final results. Now Trump Tower will be the 2nd Tallest in Chicago, making sure Chicago maintains the tallest buildings in America. Atleast, the greatest # of them.
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Old March 9th, 2005, 09:05 PM   #38
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A very beautiful high building.
I hope this tower have an obeservation deck.

Somehow it seems that 400m tall buildings are nothing special anymore, but i want to see everyone of them growing.

This tower is a great addition to the skyline of Chicago. I think that someday i will visit this city.

I think that i will see many pictures of the construction

Is there a webcam where i can see the construction ?
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Old March 10th, 2005, 02:03 AM   #39
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Its a good thing Trump removed the spire. Now the crown jewel of Chicago can remain its tallest.
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Old March 10th, 2005, 04:43 AM   #40
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the spire is not removed, it just won't be expanded
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