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Old April 5th, 2006, 04:18 PM   #441
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this was posted a year ago. not sure if its changed
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Old April 5th, 2006, 11:36 PM   #442
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http://www.suntimes.com/output/roede...-roeder05.html

Trump looks in mirror, finds perfect customer
April 5, 2006
BY DAVID ROEDER SUN-TIMES COLUMNIST

Donald Trump is taking a little off the top, in a manner of speaking. He's reserving the top-floor penthouse in his new Chicago tower for himself.

Trump has withheld from sale the full-floor unit, which had an asking price of $28 million. He said he "probably" will use the 89th-floor unit as a part-time residence. It will measure 14,000 square feet, with 16-foot ceilings. "I'm in Chicago a lot, and I expect to be there more," in part because he plans to use the city as a stage for a future season of "The Apprentice," ratings permitting.

"I'm intrigued by the layout of the unit. And I love the building. It's already setting sales records in Chicago," Trump said. He said he's also looking at three other sites for a second development act in Chicago, but confessed to a problem with pursuing any of them.

"I've already got the best site in Chicago, so it would be hard to backtrack," he said. The 92-story Trump International Hotel & Tower is under construction on Wabash along the north bank of the Chicago River. A late 2007 delivery has been promised for the hotel, with the condos due in 2008.

Told that a cynic might suggest he's taking the penthouse because he can't sell it, Trump said, "That's absolutely not the case. This building has recorded $729 million in sales.'' He said that translates into 77 percent of the condo and hotel units being sold.

Trump Tower Chicago "is already paid for,'' he said. Unbidden, he drew a comparison with his rival for skyline glory, the proposed 124-story Santiago Calatrava-designed lakefront tower. "That building can't be built at the numbers they're quoting [$550 million]," he said. "It's going to cost at least $900 million in hard construction numbers. Any bank that finances that deserves to lose money."
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Old April 6th, 2006, 12:47 AM   #443
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Mother F***er's saving the best for himself.
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Old April 6th, 2006, 01:33 AM   #444
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Trump seems to be rising in a different way than most. The Core is only 1 floor ahead. I wonder why?
Probably because its going to be occupied on the lower floors as it rises, is what I have been told.
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Old April 6th, 2006, 02:50 AM   #445
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Mother F***er's saving the best for himself.
Well it is his building which is coming out of his own pocket. I think he deserves whatever he wants out of the building.
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Old April 6th, 2006, 03:04 AM   #446
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With crews finally pouring the second floor I thought I would give my update. I'm not going to do this for every floor, this one just took a month and is the biggest floor. I know the pump is blue, but to make it more visible I made it red.

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Old April 6th, 2006, 08:47 AM   #447
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Mother F***er's saving the best for himself.
LOL, wouldn't you if you were he?
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Old April 6th, 2006, 05:06 PM   #448
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very nice chart, really creative.
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Old April 7th, 2006, 02:55 AM   #449
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The height is really cool, what amazes me is that this one ain't going up really fast as other supertalls around the world, although that's only because of the parking. Let's hope it speeds up when it is only the normal floors they're working on.
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Old April 7th, 2006, 03:08 AM   #450
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I don't know if it has anything to do with it, but its also brutally cold in Chicago during the winter.
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Old April 7th, 2006, 03:05 PM   #451
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What a massive building it is!!!
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Old April 7th, 2006, 04:42 PM   #452
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Good update
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Old April 9th, 2006, 06:01 PM   #453
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The height is really cool, what amazes me is that this one ain't going up really fast as other supertalls around the world, although that's only because of the parking. Let's hope it speeds up when it is only the normal floors they're working on.
Yes, the lower portion of the building is parking, and because of the ramps, that section always takes longer, not to mention the fact that the lower 16 floors floorplate size measures around 44,000 square feet. That's a lot of concrete and a lot of rebar that needs to be poured and assembled.

4/8/06

View to the west from the Chicago River


View from the river of rising columns


View to the northeast from the river
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Old April 10th, 2006, 05:14 AM   #454
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Those columns look massive. Great support structure.
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Old April 10th, 2006, 07:30 PM   #455
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Great to see it climbing skywards
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Old April 11th, 2006, 06:24 PM   #456
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A few shots from yesterday 4/10/06

View of the western half of the construction site from atop a nearby parking structure - 2006-4-10


View of the eastern half


Construction workers laying down rebar - 2006-4-10
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Old April 11th, 2006, 09:22 PM   #457
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That looks really cool. I love the closeup of the construction workers putting down the rebar.
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Old April 11th, 2006, 11:35 PM   #458
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This is an amazing looking tower. Chicago is really going through a boom right now. New York really needs to move foward with the freedom tower and the other serious projects proposed, or Chicago is going to leave them cold, and reclaim America's best skyline.
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Old April 11th, 2006, 11:48 PM   #459
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They're making amazing progress!
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Old April 12th, 2006, 12:04 AM   #460
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I still can't get over the fact that Chicago will have 7 1,000+ footers.
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