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Old December 17th, 2005, 02:06 AM   #201
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A few recent photos from the construction site.

View to the southwest across the construction site - 2005-12-13


Excavating clay and dirt at the east third of the building footprint - 2005-12-13


View to the southwest from the plaza between the Wrigley Building - 2005-12-13


View to the west from the Michigan Avenue bridge - 2005-12-13


View to the northeast from the Wabash Avenue bridge.
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Old December 17th, 2005, 02:16 AM   #202
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Lovely cranes. Thanks for the update.
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Old December 17th, 2005, 02:23 AM   #203
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God, those cranes look so good to me. My partner and I hit Michigan Avenue today for some holiday shopping and got off the L at Grand. As we were waiting for a light to change on Wabash, I looked south and saw those beautiful cranes at the end of the vista. Wow. Just wow.

He was more concerned with what was at the Apple store, but I just got the best rush from the scene. All of those years of holding my breath, and now this beast is finally going up.

Shitty weather, but a nice day to be out and about in Chicago.
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Old December 17th, 2005, 05:43 AM   #204
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Great Crane pics... as always Thank You for providing us updates, pics, and info.
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Old December 26th, 2005, 11:30 PM   #205
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A few final shots before the new year.

View of the site from Wacker Drive - 2005-12-23


Looking north from the Wabash Avenue bridge - 2005-12-23
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Old December 27th, 2005, 12:38 AM   #206
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Thanks for the pics!
Cannot wait for 2009!
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for the Pelasgians, too, were a Greek nation originally from the Peloponnesus
The Roman Antiquities of Dionysius of Halicarnassus
http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/...assus/1B*.html

Macedonia, of course, is a part of Greece". Strabo, VII, Frg. 9
http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/...ragments*.html

But north of the gulf, the first inhabitants are Greeks called Epirotes....
Procopius
http://books.google.com/books?id=9m6...page&q&f=false
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Old December 27th, 2005, 01:56 AM   #207
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Quite nice. 2006 this baby will begin it's rise.

By the way, did anyone else see that animation/video of this tower rising before? It was on Fox in the Morning one random day. I think I should contact them and see if they still have the clip.
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Old January 6th, 2006, 01:27 AM   #208
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http://www.midwest.construction.com/...tOf/start3.asp
From Midwest Construction

Top of 2005
Start 3: Trump International Hotel & Tower
Cost: $750 million


The Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago will stretch to an elevation of 1,360 ft. and be the second tallest building in the city after the 1,450-ft.-tall Sears Tower.

"At one time, there was discussion to add a spire to make it (the Trump) the tallest building in Chicago," said Paul James, senior vice president in Chicago with New York-based Bovis Lend Lease Inc., the general contractor. "But the spire would have been disproportionately tall."

The finalized plan calls for a 235-ft.-high spire whose proportions make it suitable for the 92-story building. In general, construction professionals accept the definition of the Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat that includes a spire length in assessing a building's overall height.

When complete, Trump will probably be the 12th tallest building in the world, assuming each announced project taller than it is constructed according to plan.

Ironically, Chicago-based Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLC, the architect of the Trump, also designed the Burj Dubai tower under construction but not topped out in the United Arab Emirates. Burj will probably the tallest in the world even though its height remains secret.


What a Project

The Trump as itself represents a major construction challenge because of its sheer size.

It will encompass 2.6 million sq. ft. and hold 472 condominium units, 286 hotel-condominium units, about 1,000 parking spaces and retail, James said.

Amenities will include an 87,000-sq.-ft. health club on the 14th floor, and two amenity floors in the hotel-condominium, which will be located on floors 16 through 27.

The hotel-condominium unit owners will make up the ownership of that portion of the project, and the New York-based Trump Organization, the overall developer, will manage the hotel for a fee. The unit owners can elect to occupy their units but then diminish the ownership's profit potential.

With the exception of the mechanical space on level 50, the condominiums will be on floors 29 through 89, James said.

Concrete is the main structural support, and curtain wall will dress the building.

A substantial amount of sitework has gone into the project, starting with the demolition of the Chicago Sun-Times building. Only rock caissons are being installed because of the building's immense load.

The 1920-era Upper Wabash Avenue viaduct, which had reached the end of its design life, was rebuilt as part of the project.

"The first issue was to get the viaduct rebuilt so we could open traffic there again and maintain access for our sitework," James said.
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Old January 6th, 2006, 01:29 AM   #209
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I just took a few shots, and I will attempt to post them tomorrow. The western 1/3 is up to about LL1, one more level there and that portion will be even with Wabash. The central 1/3 is up to LL2 and the eastern 1/3 is still all the way at the bottom, LL4.
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Old January 6th, 2006, 01:36 AM   #210
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Should a buildings foundation be so close to a river? What happens when the river rises?
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Old January 6th, 2006, 01:50 AM   #211
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Should a buildings foundation be so close to a river? What happens when the river rises?
We really don't have problems with flooding on the main section of the river. If the river rises because of an extremely heavy rain, the locks are opened and the water flows into Lake Michigan. That's also why the Deep Tunnel Project is being built.
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Old January 7th, 2006, 01:05 AM   #212
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Phots from Thursday January 5, 2005

View of the eastern one-third of the building footprint - 2006-1-5


View to the southwest from the plaza between the Wrigley Building - 2006-1-5


View to the west from the Michigan Avenue bridge, - 2006-1-5
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Old January 7th, 2006, 01:11 AM   #213
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Nice updates. I hope we'll see more from the angle in #3 in the coming months, with Waterview Tower and all.
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Old January 7th, 2006, 02:20 AM   #214
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1. I like the fact that you can see the lower levels from across the River. Its not often that you can see lower levels from above ground like this.

2. Where's Waterview going to be in picture 3? Between the shiny building with the triangle on top and the beige building to the right?
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Old January 7th, 2006, 02:44 AM   #215
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^Yes.
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Old January 7th, 2006, 03:44 AM   #216
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Well that will be an amazing shot then.
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Old January 7th, 2006, 05:00 AM   #217
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Quote:
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Should a buildings foundation be so close to a river? What happens when the river rises?
Wow, not even 16, and has more than 2000 posts. Hope your spending an appropriate amount of time also talking to chicks on the phone, which is what 16 y/o dudes should be doing. Here's a hint: Don't tell'em your a skyscraper geek, that probably won't get you too far.

Anyway, rock on bro! Happy birthday!
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Old January 18th, 2006, 07:41 PM   #218
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Can someone PLEASE take some update shots? It's been two weeks, I'm going crazy
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Old January 18th, 2006, 08:44 PM   #219
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We really don't have problems with flooding on the main section of the river. If the river rises because of an extremely heavy rain, the locks are opened and the water flows into Lake Michigan. That's also why the Deep Tunnel Project is being built.
Actually, the Deep Tunnel Project is to solve the problems of CSO (Combined Sewer Overflow). The problem in old cities like Chicago is that the sewers take on both sanitary waste (i.e. flushing the toilet, shower, etc.) and storm water. The government passed the Clean Water Act which requires all sanitary waste be treated before being released into the river. When it rains hard, the waste treatment plants cant handle all of the untreated water and historically it would overflow into the river. The Deep Tunnel project stores the water until it can be treated by the plants. It really has nothing to do with flooding problems with the river, but I suppose it would prevent the river from rising as much as it would with the sewers overflowing into the river. Since the river flows away from the city, and with the lake being lower than the river in such a case, there really is no upstream flow coming down the river that would cause it to rise more than a few feet.

This is also why Daley blames Milwaukee for polluting the lake. They do not have any infrastructure that prevents the overflow. Right now, no water drains from the city back into the lake, whereas virtually all of Milwaukee rain water ends up in the lake. Their sewers surcharge and sends sanitary waste into the lake along with all the dirt, oil, etc. on the streets of Milwaukee. They are not in compliance with the Clean Water Act and the EPA needs to step in and tell them to spend their money on infrastructure instead of blowing it all on a new baseball stadium.
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Can someone PLEASE take some update shots? It's been two weeks, I'm going crazy
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