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Old November 29th, 2006, 11:17 PM   #481
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Very nice pics. This building is classy.
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Old December 2nd, 2006, 03:39 AM   #482
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Old December 2nd, 2006, 03:41 AM   #483
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that glass looks really good
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Old December 2nd, 2006, 07:21 PM   #484
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great shot's. is that the setback on the right?
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Old December 2nd, 2006, 11:42 PM   #485
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http://www.chicagobusiness.com/cgi-b...ate=2006-12-02

Trump's odds
By John T. Slania


On every major construction site, there are some jobs that stand out because they are so unusual. That's certainly the case at the $800-million Trump International Hotel & Tower. The 92-story complex will require plenty of sweat and toil by the time it's finished late next year — and not only from construction workers. Here are two of the project's odder jobs.

Mending wounds

With hundreds of workers on site, accidents are bound to happen. So the Trump Organization employs two paramedics. One of those is Shari Grassmuck, whose other employer is the Chicago Fire Department. In her regular job, Ms. Grassmuck works a 24-hour shift, then has 72 hours off. She moonlights for Trump, rotating shifts with fellow fire department paramedic Lou Scatena.

"I do this because I think it's interesting, and I want to be a part of history," Ms. Grassmuck says. "If I ever have grandchildren, I want to be able to tell them about it."

In the morning, Ms. Grassmuck typically conducts pre-employment drug tests on new workers. Later, she dons a 30-pound backpack filled with equipment and medications and walks all over the construction site. Carrying the backpack is not a challenge on the lower floors, where she can ride the elevator. But there is some lag time before the elevator reaches new floors, forcing Ms. Grassmuck to lug herself and the backpack up wooden ladders. "It can get heavy at times, but I get a great workout," she says.

Trump employs the paramedics because the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires an emergency response time of five minutes or less. To give the paramedics a better chance of getting to an injured worker in the upper reaches of the building, carpenters built a Spartan wooden structure, with a bench and a space heater, on the 14th floor. "It's not much, but it's home. We call it the 'Sugar Shack,' " Ms. Grassmuck says, laughing.

She can afford some levity because, so far, she and her partner have dealt with nothing more serious than broken fingers, minor head wounds and bee stings. Although that's not all.

"There are some strange critters up here," she says. "There have been some nasty spider bites, and one guy was bitten by a bat."

The Skipper

While Mike Smith jokes that his job has "its ups and downs," he acknowledges that he has one of the better gigs on the construction site.

The heavy-equipment operator for New York-based contractor Bovis Lend Lease runs one of the two elevators on the site. Essentially a cage 12 feet high and 30 feet long, the elevator is called a "skip" by workers because it skips from floor to floor.

It's not exactly a model of efficiency. There's a speaker mounted on the wall to alert Mr. Smith when someone needs a lift, but it emits muffled sounds like the defective speakers on old el trains. So Mr. Smith ignores the calls and keeps his skip moving up and down. When he sees a rider, he throws the stop lever, pushes open the cage doors and welcomes his new cargo.

While slightly more sheltered, Mr. Smith has to brave the elements like other workers. "In the summer, it gets hot in here. The sun heats this up like an Easy-Bake Oven," he says. Now that it's getting colder, Mr. Smith has covered the cage openings with insulation to block the wind coming off of the Chicago River.

While Mr. Smith claims he's not afraid of heights, he's not so sure that will hold true in another 18 months, when the elevator is climbing 92 floors.

"We'll see what it will be like when that wind is blowing up there, rocking this thing," he says. "It might be a different story."
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Old December 2nd, 2006, 11:45 PM   #486
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Trump's conductor
Concrete, steel and the making of music


Curtis Brown, 50, is in charge of "making sure everyone is playing nicely on the playground." That's a tall order when your playground will eventually cover 92 stories and employ some 800 workers. We asked the Bovis Lend Lease employee, whose official title is job superintendent for the Trump International Hotel & Tower, how he does it.

How do you keep everyone in line?

It's not easy. You have to try to stick with a schedule that is drawn up three years in advance. You have to make sure the right materials and equipment are arriving on time and that the tradesmen are completing their work on time. It's a lot like being a conductor. You need to have everything working in symphony, only I'm worrying about concrete and steel instead of bass and woodwinds.

What jobs would you consider most important?

All the jobs are important because one can't be done without the other. But since this is the tallest concrete building ever built, you need tons of concrete each day. So you keep an eye on the people who work with concrete because it can affect your schedule. Same with the curtain wall, the glass panels that are put on the building, which serve as its "skin." You want to keep work progressing on that. And then the elevators are critical. They move people and materials up and down. So you want them to keep moving.

How close are you to schedule?

I'd say for the most part, we are (on time). There are some contractors who are ahead of schedule on their work, some who are a week or two behind. But if you put them all together, I'd say we're generally on schedule.

What are the challenges to staying on schedule?

Materials not arriving on time, for one. We have hundreds of trucks going in and out each day delivering materials. It has to be carefully orchestrated. Another is making sure the subcontractors are on schedule. I have the name and phone number of every superintendent of every subcontractor on my cell phone. I'm on the phone constantly even as I'm walking the job site. Other factors that could affect your schedule include city inspections. You need to make sure you're doing the work right, and safely, so you don't get shut down. Then there is the weather. You get a big snowstorm, and you can get shut down for a week.

How does this project compare with some of the others you've worked on?

I've worked on the south expansion of McCormick Place, Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier, the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, among others. But this is by far the largest in terms of size and height. Beyond that, there are many unique challenges. Having to demolish the old Sun-Times building and dig a hole 30 feet below ground to bury the caissons (steel and concrete support columns). Worrying about working near the Chicago River. Having to reconstruct Wabash Avenue in front of the building. Then, after all that is done, you begin building the building.
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Old December 5th, 2006, 07:34 AM   #487
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Old December 6th, 2006, 03:07 AM   #488
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After a good day's work followed by a good dinner, there's nothing better than sitting down with a cup of gourmet coffee, loading SkyscraperCity only to discover a great array of pics. The perfect December evening. Thanks Chi649 for all the work you do.
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Old December 6th, 2006, 06:33 AM   #489
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Thank you very much Frumie
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Old December 6th, 2006, 09:04 PM   #490
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i have the feeling it rising quite fast now
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Old December 8th, 2006, 12:43 AM   #491
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Trump is looking magnificent already. Great shots!
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Old December 8th, 2006, 08:51 AM   #492
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This is going to look so cool.
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Old December 8th, 2006, 01:17 PM   #493
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Take a bet. Where will Trump look better and more impressive as it dominates the straight ahead, street ending view:

• Loop, looking north on Wabash (from el platforms)

• River North, looking south on Rush (removed from North Bridge obstruction)
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Old December 8th, 2006, 05:18 PM   #494
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^Hands down river north looking south because it doesn't have the bulk that is present when looking north...Looking S. It appears as though its quite slender and has much more emphasis on the rounded edges.
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Old December 9th, 2006, 02:28 AM   #495
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Old December 9th, 2006, 08:19 AM   #496
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Good updates, it really looks good from all angles!
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Old December 11th, 2006, 06:27 AM   #497
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Old December 16th, 2006, 10:09 PM   #499
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12/16/06 - a different perspective, from the Michigan Ave bridge - Trump is on the right:
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Old December 17th, 2006, 10:25 PM   #500
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it's looking Very Huge
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