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Old September 18th, 2005, 06:19 PM   #61
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Old September 18th, 2005, 06:20 PM   #62
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On further inspection, why does Jr. make it sound like there isn't going to be a spire? There is going to be a spire. Daley said so. Period.

If there isn't I suggest we harass him on his weekly visits :wink:
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Old September 18th, 2005, 07:48 PM   #63
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i think he was just saying its not going to be a spire that would bring the hight of the building higher than the sears like they had once brought to the table as an option . but this is old news that they scraped that idea for a more modest spire.
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Old September 18th, 2005, 11:43 PM   #64
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Wasn't it agree since last spring that the spire would be 1360-1363 feet, not over 1450 feet?
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Old September 19th, 2005, 02:21 AM   #65
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^Yes it was.

I like the fact that Chicago is continuing it's tradition of legitimate height achievements and not following the example of New York with all their disproportionatly long spired buildings being proposed lately. It makes me sick that a city with such a proud reputation would allow developers to resort to such vain tactics.
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Old September 22nd, 2005, 06:03 PM   #66
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just a tid bit:

Ah, Sugah . . .



Sneed hears a new Trump has hit town.




Ivanka Trump, daughter of The Donald and ex-wife Ivana, has joined her brother, Donald Jr., in overseeing the construction of Trump Tower in Chicago. (Both were spotted dining with delicious society scrivener Sugar Rautbord at the Four Seasons Tuesday.)

*The Trumpette is a lithe former model who, like her brother, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School . . . and decided it was much more rewarding to make money in real estate than on the runway.
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Old September 22nd, 2005, 06:26 PM   #67
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"The Trumpette is a lithe former model who, like her brother, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School . . . and decided it was much more rewarding to make money in real estate than on the runway."

That is an intelligent statement made by an heiress! Ivanka should have a reality show, an antidote against Paris.
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Old September 22nd, 2005, 11:43 PM   #68
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Lucky that she grew out of what must have been a horrible childhood.
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Old September 22nd, 2005, 11:48 PM   #69
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^Yes it was.

I like the fact that Chicago is continuing it's tradition of legitimate height achievements and not following the example of New York with all their disproportionatly long spired buildings being proposed lately. It makes me sick that a city with such a proud reputation would allow developers to resort to such vain tactics.
ahem.....Fordham Spire.....cough cough...
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Old September 23rd, 2005, 12:13 AM   #70
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Wasn't it agree since last spring that the spire would be 1360-1363 feet, not over 1450 feet?
Yes, but I doubt Trump will listen!
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Old September 23rd, 2005, 03:55 AM   #71
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A few, VERY recent photos by Pandemonious:


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Old September 23rd, 2005, 03:57 AM   #72
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Update 09-22-2005


Schlacking tar across the viaduct and prepping it for the final pouring of the roadway



Rebar getting twisted together for the mat foundation pour. I can not believe how fast that was done.
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Old September 23rd, 2005, 03:58 AM   #73
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Two updates. Nice.

And damn, that went by fast.
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Old September 23rd, 2005, 05:00 AM   #74
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Wow, nice update.

Very interesting...
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Old September 23rd, 2005, 05:01 AM   #75
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ahem.....Fordham Spire.....cough cough...
Yes I know, but at least the roof is actually topping the sears tower. It is not the spire that is taking the title technically. Plus the spire is part of the buildings aesthetics and not just something that was strapped on for a vain height title.
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Old September 23rd, 2005, 06:13 AM   #76
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Some of you may be interested in attending a lecture with Adrian Smith and William Baker from SOM. They will be talking about TTC and Burj Dubai. This lecture is being sponsored by the Chicago Architecture Foundation...cost is $20 and it is at 6pm Tuesday Sept. 27. I for one will be there.

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Old September 28th, 2005, 06:13 AM   #77
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Went by the site today. Damn!!!! They're moving fast on the rebar cage. From what I understand, the pouring of the concrete mat might begin this Friday, and I believe that it would be a continuous pour; meaning that it would last into Saturday.


A view to the southwest across the construction site - 2005-9-27


A view to the northeast into the construction site - 2005-9-27


Construction workers relocating a large piece of steel rebar - 2005-9-27


A bundle of rebar being delivered for installation - 2005-9-27


A construction worker using hot tar to help seal the Wabash Avenue viaduct - 2005-9-27
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Old September 28th, 2005, 06:23 AM   #78
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Wow, they're moving so fast. If they do pour Friday, we should setup a webcam!
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Old September 28th, 2005, 11:06 PM   #79
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McHugh Providing Concrete Services for Trump Tower
Wednesday September 28, 12:05 pm ET


CHICAGO, Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- James McHugh Construction Co. has been awarded the $130 million task of providing the concrete structure of Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, McHugh officials announced.
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Working with construction manager Bovis Lend Lease, McHugh will pour more than 180,000 cubic yards of concrete as concrete subcontractor for the 92-story Trump Tower, which will be the tallest concrete building in the United States. Trump Tower will rise to 1,145 feet, with a spire atop the building bringing its height to 1,362 feet.

At 2.6 million square feet, the building will house 472 condominiums, a 286-unit condominium hotel, a 1,000-space parking garage, and retail space.

The building will rise on the north bank of the Chicago River, bounded by Wabash Avenue, Rush and Kinzie streets, with completion slated for 2009. Trump Tower Chicago is being developed by The Trump Organization, with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLC the architect and structural engineer.

The sheer size and height of Trump -- the tallest skyscraper to be built in the U.S. since 1992 -- will drive many of the project's unusual features, said Dave Alexander, McHugh senior vice president of concrete services. To handle the volume of concrete, McHugh has acquired a concrete pump from Germany custom-built for the tower. It will be able to pump up to 230 cubic yards of concrete per hour, and 100 cubic yards per hour up to 1,700 feet high.

Wind and weather will also pose challenges, Alexander added, with a potential 30-degree temperature difference between street level and the upper floors. To combat the elements, McHugh will install a hydraulically jacked, three-story high windscreen around the perimeter of the building to protect workers and equipment, the first such system in the United States.

Despite the project's scope and complexity, Alexander said McHugh's solid relationship with Bovis, along with its experience delivering innovative concrete structures, ensures a positive experience. McHugh enjoys a long history as a leader in concrete structures. Three previous record holders for world's tallest concrete building -- Two Prudential Plaza, Water Tower Place and Marina City -- had their concrete shells built by McHugh.

Founded in 1897, McHugh is one of Chicago's oldest and largest construction firms. More information is available at http://www.mchughconstruction.com .
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