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Old October 8th, 2005, 12:23 AM   #21
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Yes, their own website

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Celebrate a groundbreaking year!

Sunday, October 9, 2005
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Tickets for the Benefit are $350 per person. To receive an invitation or for more information, call 312.322.1716 or email [email protected].

5:00 pm | Groundbreaking
Please join us before the Benefit at the Groundbreaking for the New Spertus, 610 S. Michigan

5:30 pm | Cocktail reception
featuring a quartet from Maxwell Street Klezmer Band

6:15 pm | Dinner and Food for Thought
Guest Speaker Fareed Zakaria
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The Future of the Middle East

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Old October 8th, 2005, 01:16 AM   #22
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$350.00 I will buy...... if I have one million dollars........
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Old October 8th, 2005, 05:48 AM   #23
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Hehehe

Anyway, I think they should do more of this kind of style in Chicago. Not very tall, but makes a huge impact nonetheless. It seems to work well in other cities like Paris and Tokyo:






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Old February 19th, 2006, 01:09 AM   #24
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Caissons are finally being drilled for this structure. I noticed a caisson crane on site today as I drove by.
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Old February 19th, 2006, 10:29 PM   #25
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^ HURRAY!

I love this building
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Old March 30th, 2006, 02:50 AM   #26
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Old March 30th, 2006, 10:32 PM   #27
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Old October 7th, 2006, 02:39 AM   #28
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http://midwest.construction.com/feat...0_feature2.asp

Spertus Institute
New Home Blooms On Michigan Avenue

by Pamela Dittmer McKuen


When the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies decided to expand, planners looked at dozens of sites in the downtown Chicago area.

Ultimately, they chose the one next door. It is a tad smaller than ideal, about a third of an acre, but the institute already was part owner of the lot. Plus, it's got one of the best views in town: overlooking Lake Michigan and Grant Park.

Founded in 1924, Spertus is a cultural and educational center dedicated to the Jewish experience. Among its offerings are programs, exhibitions, collections, research facilities and degree programs.

The new $55 million building at 610 S. Michigan Ave. nearly doubles Spertus' size to 155,000 sq. ft. on 10 floors. Included in the floor plan are a museum, library, classrooms, 400-seat auditorium and kosher cafeteria. The building will be crowned with a rooftop garden and is the first new construction in the Historic Michigan Boulevard District, which runs from 11th to Randolph streets, since being named in 2002.

"The old building still has a lot of life in it, but we were getting to the point where it was becoming harmful to achieving our goals," said Spertus President
Howard Sulkin of its present home. It was built in 1906 and has had multiple owners.

Work began on the new building in October 2005 and will be completed in fall 2007.

There were numerous needs in the new building. A primary example is the museum's collection of more than 500,000 books, artifacts, maps and other pieces that require proper climate control to ensure preservation. Other needs are better theatrical space to showcase lectures, concerts and other live performances, and a facade more welcoming >> than the wall of solid masonry it has now.

"We want to be an open place that tells people of all faiths we want you to come in, to learn about us and learn from us-not a fortress mentality," Sulkin said.

A Contemporary Look

The contemporary design, by Chicago-based Krueck & Sexton Architects, incorporates numerous tenets and traditions of the Jewish faith, some more visible than others.

Most significant is the innovative jewel-faceted and multiplaned glass curtain wall, which signifies the concept that light is symbolic of learning and reveals the activity within.

As the architects studied the South Michigan Avenue streetwall for inspiration, they noted a great amount of in-and-out movement, including bays, cornices and other elements. They also saw that the buildings reflect the design, technologies and materials of the eras in which they were built.

Those observations were augmented by Spertus' progressive vision, said project principal and architect Mark Sexton of Krueck & Sexton.

"We don't borrow materials or composition from the historic buildings," he said. "We believe that architecture should be for the day and something that uses the technology and materials of the day in the most efficient and expressive ways. In our case, that means glass technology to shield and create openings."

The curtain wall will be created from mostly parallelogram-shaped panes measuring 4 ft., 4 in. by 7 ft. They will be assembled to create three-dimensional diamond-like projections and held in place against an aluminum support structure. The projections and the size of the panes relate to architectural details found elsewhere on the street.

"Rather than using glass in a pure vertical form, we started to shape it," Sexton said.

What is not true is that the curtain wall symbolizes Kristallnacht, or "Night of Broken Glass," the 1938 destruction of hundreds of Jewish synagogues and businesses throughout Nazi Germany. Also not true is that from certain angles, a Star of David can be seen within the angles of the curtain wall.

"If people see those things, God bless them, but it was never our intention to have a building that was a lot of explicit iconography," Sulkin said. "We wanted more abstract expressions of Judaism."

The first floor is recessed 8 ft. to create a canopy for visitors and passersby, and the top two floors, with 16-ft.-high gallery walls, house the museum. The auditorium, library, offices and classrooms are planned for the middle levels.

The remaining three exterior walls are concrete masonry units.

Also reflecting Jewish belief, the building integrates numerous efficiencies of construction and energy-saving technologies, such as a 6,659-sq.-ft. green roof garden, energy-efficient and nonpolluting lighting and glass coatings for solar control. It will be in compliance with the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED rating system at the Silver level.

"One of the major teachings of the Torah has to do with respect for the environment," Sulkin said. "We are trying to do what our heritage tells us to do and to do it in a new way."

A Tight Squeeze

Ground was broken after several years of planning.

It's a tight squeeze for the construction crews, led by the Chicago-based general contractor W.E. O'Neil Construction Co. The site is midblock, and the building takes up most of the lot.

The basement, however, does not. It was designed with a sophisticated earth-retention system that helps secure the two adjacent buildings, which belong to Columbia College Chicago. (Columbia has agreed to buy the existing Spertus building.) The basement's footprint is about two-thirds the building's footprint
Site planning and logistics have been among the complicating factors of the project, said Roark Frankel, senior vice president of the Chicago-based project manager U.S. Equities.

The alley on the west side of the property proved to be unhelpful. For one, it is narrower than standard city alleys, and trucks could not get through. Two, some of the buildings that back up to it have active fire escapes that require access.

City officials helped devise a solution. They allowed a full-time lane >> closure, and Spertus rebuilt a new temporary lane into the wide median so that traffic continues to flow.

"We'll restore the lane when we're done," Frankel said.

Even though the budget was set four years ago with a generous line item for inflation, there's no money to spare. The building is being paid for through fundraising and private donations, and a 30-year bond issue covers the gap between the time the bills are due and the pledges come in.

"There's never been a lot of (interior) ornamentation," Frankel said.

"Everything is in support of the mission and their programming. The money, except for the curtain wall, has gone into such things as the audiovisual system for the auditorium, flexibility of classrooms and the air-conditioning and humidification system for their archives."

The curtain wall will cost about 10 percent of the construction budget, said Ken McHugh, president of Chicago-based Institutional Project Management LLC, which is handling the process management for Spertus.

"There are a lot of elements that down the road will save Spertus money but place upfront burdens on construction costs," he added.

With the foundation now in place, construction is on a roll. The concrete core is climbing and the steel is following right behind. The schedule calls for the building to be topped out by the end of the year and some of the enclosure done by November.

"Putting all the time we did into the design and engineering phases has made the construction piece pretty efficient," Frankel said. "That's really the fastest piece."
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Old October 20th, 2006, 08:30 PM   #29
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Old January 23rd, 2007, 06:47 PM   #30
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Curtain Wall going up

Saw the first panel of the curtain wall being put in place this morning.
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Old January 24th, 2007, 03:05 AM   #31
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^Really? I think I'll have to stop by soon and see it.
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Old February 18th, 2007, 06:35 PM   #32
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Lots of new construction & schematic pics on the Spertus website (http://www.spertus.edu/aboutspertus/glassfacade.php):



Mock-up :
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Old February 18th, 2007, 06:46 PM   #33
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Are they really gonna leave that little alley between the new and old sections? I really hope not. (this is Michigan Avenue!)
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Old February 18th, 2007, 08:12 PM   #34
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Are you talking about the gap were the crane? Thats going to be a glass enclosed stairwell. See rendering. latest posted by Loopy.
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Old March 14th, 2007, 02:09 AM   #35
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Old March 14th, 2007, 03:30 AM   #36
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Lookin good
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Old March 14th, 2007, 04:50 AM   #37
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Nice photo. The cladding is going up pretty fast, especially since it's a bit more complicated.
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Old March 24th, 2007, 05:08 AM   #38
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All I have to say is that it is beautiful.
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Old March 24th, 2007, 07:11 AM   #39
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When this building is done, I can't wait to see how it will look during sunrise. Image the reflection of the sun on this thing. Should be awesome.
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Old March 24th, 2007, 07:53 AM   #40
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A shot of Spertus I took last weekend:

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