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Old January 9th, 2006, 07:17 AM   #21
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I love the looks of this tower.
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Old January 9th, 2006, 12:51 PM   #22
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This is going to be one quite impressive tower, without a doubt.

Go Chi-town!!
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Old January 9th, 2006, 01:06 PM   #23
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a gorgeous design
i love it really much

this recreational deck on the 29th floor wastes a lot of space as the tower is half as thick as below, but actually its slenderness is what makes this tower so special

congrats to a perfect addition to an incredible skyline scenery
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Old January 10th, 2006, 02:54 AM   #24
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Another update

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I couldn't help myself, I swung past the site this morning. I was quite supprised to see a crane cab on site. I spoke with the superintendant for a few minutes and he told me that they would begin driving steel sheeting tomorrow.

A crane cab on site - 2006-1-9


As you can see, they have already broken through to lower Wacker Drive. Most of the construction vehicles will traverse the site VIA lower Wacker.

View of the site as workers assemble a crane - 2006-1-9


Using a sledgehammer to connect sections of a crane boom - 2006-1-9


We were also told that there will be a special concrete pump used for the tower. They will need if the the same reasons that one is being used for Trump Tower, extreme height and difficulty in pumping conctere to that altitude.

It was also mentioned that the goal was for caisson work to begin by the end of January. But that work could possibly not begin until about mid-February.
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Old January 10th, 2006, 07:47 AM   #25
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Wow! Its rather surprising to see work progress so quickly. Just last week there was nothing there.
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Old January 10th, 2006, 10:17 AM   #26
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Wa O aW !

I love the top part
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Old January 12th, 2006, 10:37 PM   #27
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It's good to see that this project is finally u/c after hearing about it just being a rendering.
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Old January 12th, 2006, 11:17 PM   #28
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GLAD TO SEE THIS BUILDING UNDER WAY,IT'S BEAUTIFUL.
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Old January 19th, 2006, 11:46 PM   #29
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It really is.
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Old January 20th, 2006, 12:33 AM   #30
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Waterview has been a looong time coming. It's a damn fine building.
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Old January 23rd, 2006, 01:02 AM   #31
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New update from BVictor

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View of the site from the 10th floor of the Transportation Buildings' parking garage - 2006-1-21


A vibro-hammer pounding steel sheeting into the ground - 2006-1-21


View to the southwest across the site - 2006-1-21


Digging around the steel sheeting in the southeast corner - 2006-1-21


A bobcat placing gravel along the outside of the steel sheeting - 2006-1-21
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Old January 24th, 2006, 12:36 AM   #32
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Great to see this finally underway. This and Trump together make fine additions to the skyline. Am looking fwd to my return trip to the Windy City in May.
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Old January 29th, 2006, 09:09 PM   #33
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Update from yesterday

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Quick update from 1/28/06.



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Old January 29th, 2006, 10:56 PM   #34
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Hooray for chicago!
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Old January 29th, 2006, 11:30 PM   #35
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very elegant..
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Old January 30th, 2006, 10:40 PM   #36
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My gosh! How underrated is this tower????? It is world class. Nobody talks talks about it. It is sexy and thin. It WILL be the star of the Chicago skyline.
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Old February 2nd, 2006, 06:32 AM   #37
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Groundbreaking Ceremony

BVictor on hand of course

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Okay, yesterdays groundbreaking was quite the spectical to behold, at least for me. I able to speak with the developer Ivan Dvorak and the architect Thomas Hoepf.

Alderman Burton Natarus was there and made a cool speach about the stunning and beautiful architecture of the tower. He was promoting Chicago like it's Gods greatest gift. (And lets face it, it is). He also mentioned the face that Manderin Oriental was coming to town

Ivan Dvorak, president of Waterview LLC, mentioned the 250 permanent jobs once the building is complete. He said that negotiations began with Shangri-La began back in October of 2004. I was able to speak with him personally later and he said that the building has been in the works for about 4 years. The site has always been seen as an "unobstructed view cooridor", because of the river.
-There will be a high end restaurant on the ground floor, "possibly" something new to the U.S.
-There will be limited retail space


Teng Principal Design Architect Thomas Hoepf said that the glass will give the building visual texture. Chicago's new energy code was a major driving factor for the building glass and granite curtain wall. He also said because a lot of the design and structural work was done "in house", it nade the process much easier.

FEBRUARY 2006 CONSTRUCTION UPDATE
-The percentage of sold condominium units is in the Mid 60's
-About 11% of the hotel units have been sold so far

Here are some photos from yesterdays ceremony...



The gentlemen in the blue tie is the architect (Tom Hoepf)


Silver shovels used by Teng officials at Waterview Towers' cerimonial groundbreaking - 2006-1-31




Alderman Natarus with the mike.


Shangri-La official


City, Shangri-La and Teng officials including architect Thomas Hoepf(on the left), at the cerimonial groundbreaking for Waterview Tower - 2006-1-31




Engraving on the spade of the shovel.


View across the site to the northeast corner - 2006-1-31


One of the project managers.


View of the site from the 35th floor of the LaSalle-Wacker Building - 2006-1-31


2 of the 3 people in the sales center who have been quite helpful to me over the past 2 years.


The architect (blue tie) standing next to the model of the building he designed.


View to the southeast across the construction site - 2006-1-31



This concludes the lesson for today.
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Old February 2nd, 2006, 08:10 AM   #38
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Very slim. Looks like it could snap easily! Will it withstand high winds?
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Old February 2nd, 2006, 09:01 PM   #39
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Very slim. Looks like it could snap easily! Will it withstand high winds?
I think so.Chicago is known as the Windy City so this building must have strong foundations.
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Old February 2nd, 2006, 09:56 PM   #40
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I thought that the groundbreaking ceremony already occurred.
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