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Old July 31st, 2006, 02:31 PM   #61
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Wow, City Front Plaza is looking awsome! Thanks for da updates guys!
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Old August 22nd, 2006, 01:29 PM   #62
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City Front Plaza update by Retro on 8/21....well sort of...lol!

View of the Phase I across TT in the far end:
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Old August 27th, 2006, 05:24 AM   #63
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The Fairbanks, also by SolarWind


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Old August 28th, 2006, 06:05 AM   #64
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Thanks spyguy!
Are SolarWind and retro our chicago development loyal trackers or what...lol? They are covering pretty much every projects that are running right now!
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Old September 2nd, 2006, 01:35 AM   #65
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http://midwest.construction.com/feat...9_feature5.asp

Streeterville Reawakening
New Vision for Partially Completed Project


by Sheila Bacon

Saddled with structural constraints left behind by the property's previous developer, the Fairbanks at CityFront Plaza's project team combined creativity with common sense to design and construct a condominium tower that rises above the original vision.

The first phase of the three-phase, $700 million CityFront Plaza development in Chicago's south Streeterville neighborhood--a half-block east of Michigan Avenue's "Magnificent Mile"--will feature an $87 million, 31-story tower with 350 condominium units.

When the first occupants move in to phase one of the project--50 loft-style units--at the end of this month, it will signal a milestone of sorts for the property, which for several years had been home to a partially completed parking garage that was part of the stalled beginnings of developer R.M. Chin and Associates' failed mixed-use Grand Pier project.

The new owner, Chicago-based Centrum Properties, purchased the partially developed property, which was originally configured to feature an atrium hotel atop the parking garage, plus an adjacent 75-story tower in December 2004, said Paul Ozaki, Centrum's construction manager, and construction of the new project began in November.

Reinventing the Site

The design team had two distinct tasks: First, create a new look for the existing eight-story parking structure that had long served as a reminder to a rankled public of the initial failed project; and, second, design a tower that matched the new developer's vision while working within the structural constraints of the existing parking structure.

Chicago architecture firm DeStefano + Partners designed a new cladding system that redefined the garage and helped reintroduce the new development to the neighborhood. A black terra-cotta-clad rain-screen system replaced a multifaceted metal, glass and perforated mesh panel facade.

The new masonry-inspired design responded better to the neighborhood's residential character, said Scott Sarver, DeStefano + Partners president.

The designers also transformed the south portion of the parking structure and converted it to residential loft units, allowing the developer to offer occupancy long before the tower is complete and further enliven the long-dormant development.

A number of pre-existing conditions made the design of the tower challenging, Sarver said. Because the garage featured post-tensioned concrete floor slabs, new elevator and mechanical shafts to serve the tower could not be cut, forcing the project team to use only the structure's existing cores.

The under-way construction of a long-awaited Dominick's grocery store at the base of the site also restricted the team from cutting additional shafts in that area. Further complicating the design was the capacity of the existing structure's caissons, which would not support the weight of a concrete structure, the typical building material used in residential high-rise towers.

With few other options, the team decided to use steel for the structure's frame. Such a system would not only be lightweight enough to be supported by the existing caissons, but would allow the developer to build 10 to 12 floors higher than the adjacent building to the east.

Concrete shear walls instead of diagonal steel braces were added for structural support at the outer edges along two sides of the building where the existing caissons were stronger. Although unusual to combine concrete and steel in a residential application, the choice was the most economical because the strength of the existing caissons in these areas provided sufficient support, Sarver said.

The decision to use steel as the tower's main structural system came with some caveats, however.

Use of a less expensive concrete structure would have likely shaved an estimated $10 million off the cost of the structure, said Centrum's Ozaki. And preliminary wind tunnel tests have indicated that installation of a sophisticated damping system may be required at the top floor once the steel erection is complete in this month.

Those tests have shown that the light weight of the steel frame will likely allow excessive movements and vibrations caused by wind patterns, Ozaki said. Additional measurements will be taken in September after the tower's topping out to determine the need for the dampers.

The tower will feature a ceiling-to-floor window wall with painted aluminum frames. The light charcoal and silver color palate was chosen to set the structure apart from its largely beige-painted concrete neighbors, Sarver said. The windows will be low-emissivity glass with a slight reflective quality to mitigate the appearance of curtains and drapes.

Preparing the Podium

Preparing the already-built structure to receive a tower it wasn't originally designed to carry required considerable arrangements, said Bill Griffith, vice president of Linn-Mathes Inc., the Chicago-based general contractor.

Crews poured a 6-ft.-deep, mildly reinforced concrete transfer slab over the top of the parking garage and also incorporated a 14-ft.-deep continuous concrete beam the length of the tower to transfer the new structure's loads across the existing caissons and parking structure.

With the onsite grocery store opening about the same time tower construction was beginning, tower crane placement became an issue, Griffith said. Typically located parallel to a structure, this project's tower crane was located at the northwest corner of the site, requiring longer struts and significant preplanning.

Ironically, the challenging site offered ample room for material laydown and equipment staging, Griffith said. Although part of a basement area built for the original development required significant filling, it was able to eventually be used by the construction team for storage, staging and hoists.

After occupancy of the initial 50 lofts this month, phased move-ins to the tower are expected to start in August 2007. Schematic designs are under way for phase two; the 41-story condominium tower named the Saint Clair, which will offer 287 living units and is expected to break ground in spring 2007. Phase three, yet to be designed, will be the tallest of the three towers, featuring 61 stories, approximately 300 condominiums and a premier hotel.
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Old September 2nd, 2006, 02:16 AM   #66
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^I prefer the other way around: 61-story condo/hotel as phase II and 41-story condo as phase III.
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Old September 7th, 2006, 03:43 AM   #67
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Old September 7th, 2006, 04:09 AM   #68
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Thanks retro, same angle only taller this time!
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Old October 14th, 2006, 09:43 AM   #70
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October 13, 2006

The Fairbanks at Cityfront Plaza




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Old October 18th, 2006, 09:39 AM   #71
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will there be a roof garden on the roof of the parking gargage that is not covered by the new tower?
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Old October 18th, 2006, 05:40 PM   #72
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^Yes. Check out the first post.

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Old October 25th, 2006, 06:13 PM   #73
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Does anyone know why they wouldn't of started the glass curtainwall yet? They have only two or three floors to go and the only thing with windows so far is the parking structure lofts.
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Old November 26th, 2006, 07:22 AM   #74
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Quick pic from tonight.

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Old December 8th, 2006, 06:33 PM   #75
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Two updates for the price of one...



Still no glass going up...what gives?
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Old December 8th, 2006, 09:46 PM   #76
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Two updates for the price of one...

Still no glass going up...what gives?
When the weather's nice like this, they like to keep it open
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Old December 9th, 2006, 01:15 AM   #77
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From SolarWind yesterday

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^ The Fairbanks hiding in the background
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Old December 19th, 2006, 11:39 PM   #78
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Old December 20th, 2006, 04:37 AM   #79
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Finally, they are starting to add the glass.
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^ Wow, seems like residential levels extend pretty far down (around 2/3 of) the garage base. That's great news. Are those recessed balconies I'm seeing down there?

It's good that this isn't turning into the giant blank podium of parking that it was originally intended to be, at least on one side.
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