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Old July 10th, 2006, 04:52 AM   #121
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Here are some pictures of the construction site that I took on July 7th. I believe that drilling will be done within the next several weeks, then the excavation will begin.

View to the southeast across the site


Taking measurements as concrete is poured down a caisson hole




Two caisson holes along the eastern edge of the site
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Is it me, or is this the best looking 'skraper u/c in the US? Love it!!!
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Old July 18th, 2006, 12:17 AM   #123
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CAISSON CONSTRUCTION IS NOW COMPLETE

This is what I was told by a friend:

"Thatcher is coming back to drive some sheets and H-beams. Then excavating the core (inner cofferdam) > Mat > outer excavation."


I don't know what the timetable is, but things are moving along.

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Old July 18th, 2006, 12:28 AM   #124
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great updates, thank you
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Old July 26th, 2006, 05:57 AM   #125
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Also from SolarWind today - driving sheet pilings

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Old July 26th, 2006, 03:02 PM   #126
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thanx for the update..i love this tower
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Old July 26th, 2006, 10:25 PM   #127
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Going really slow, did they take a break or have they been working on it everyday?
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Old July 26th, 2006, 10:32 PM   #128
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A Tower without an Spire, i love it.
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Old July 26th, 2006, 10:42 PM   #129
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Going really slow, did they take a break or have they been working on it everyday?
chicago does not have the benefit of bedrock close to the surface (our entire downtown area sits on former marsh land), which means that for a project of any size, steel piles have to be driven deep into the ground or caissons have to be dug deep and filled with reinforced concrete. as the price of steel is quite high, caisson drilling is the preffered method, especially for the big towers, and to drill out all those holes and get 'em filled with the neccessary rebar and concrete is a process that takes many months. so while it may not look like much has been done on the site, the truth is that the construction crews have been working tirelessly to get those caissons deep into the ground. now that the caisson work has finished up, the site still needs to excavated for it's below grade levels. once they get the dirt out, and construct the basement levels, then we will finally start to see waterview tower rise up out of the ground.

if you remember with trump tower in chicago, it took them nearly a year of in-ground construction work before the tower actually began to rise. this is just the way it goes in chicgao. shitty soil and very deep bedrock means that they have to spend a good deal of time toiling around in the ground before they can start reaching for the sky.
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Old July 26th, 2006, 10:47 PM   #130
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Damn, it's good!
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Old July 26th, 2006, 10:49 PM   #131
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chicago does not have the benefit of bedrock close to the surface (our entire downtown area sits on former marsh land), which means that for a project of any size, steel piles have to be driven deep into the ground or caissons have to be dug deep and filled with reinforced concrete. as the price of steel is quite high, caisson drilling is the preffered method, especially for the big towers, and to drill out all those holes and get 'em filled with the neccessary rebar and concrete is a process that takes many moths. so while it may not look like much has been done on the site, the truth is that the construction crews have been working tirelessly to get those caissons deep into the ground. now that the caisson work has finished up, the site still needs to excavated for it's below grade levels. once they get the dirt out, and construct the basement levels, then we will finally start to see waterview tower rise up out of the ground.

if you remember with trump tower in chicago, it took them nearly a year of in-ground construction work before the tower actually began to rise. this is just the way it goes in chicgao. shitty soil and very deep bedrock means that they have to spend a good deal of time toiling around in the ground before they can start reaching for the sky.
great explanation! watching towers rise in Chicago can make one crazy
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A pic from SolarWind today. The service crane is being dismantled now.
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Old August 9th, 2006, 05:48 AM   #133
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August 8th, 2006 - More pics from SolarWind. Excavation underway.


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Old August 9th, 2006, 07:10 AM   #134
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August 8th, 2006 - More pics from SolarWind. Excavation underway.


finally.......its about time great updates,but i had a qeastion that hole they have digged is that the core of the building??
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Old August 9th, 2006, 08:03 AM   #135
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finally.......its about time great updates,but i had a qeastion that hole they have digged is that the core of the building??
i believe thats the basement, although i could be wrong.
btw thanks for the update, glad to see this tower is on the move
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Old August 9th, 2006, 02:17 PM   #136
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beautiful tower .
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Old August 9th, 2006, 04:36 PM   #137
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Great Updates, Thank you.

Maybe it's the Hole for the Core.
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Old August 10th, 2006, 01:27 AM   #138
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chicago does not have the benefit of bedrock close to the surface (our entire downtown area sits on former marsh land), which means that for a project of any size, steel piles have to be driven deep into the ground or caissons have to be dug deep and filled with reinforced concrete. as the price of steel is quite high, caisson drilling is the preffered method, especially for the big towers, and to drill out all those holes and get 'em filled with the neccessary rebar and concrete is a process that takes many months. so while it may not look like much has been done on the site, the truth is that the construction crews have been working tirelessly to get those caissons deep into the ground. now that the caisson work has finished up, the site still needs to excavated for it's below grade levels. once they get the dirt out, and construct the basement levels, then we will finally start to see waterview tower rise up out of the ground.
great explanation, thanks for taking the time for that.
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Old August 10th, 2006, 01:37 AM   #139
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I'm just thinkin about how powerful chi-towns skyline is gonna be when these new supertalls are done.
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Old August 10th, 2006, 11:10 PM   #140
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yes me too. i always hope that some new supertalls will come to Chicago in the near Future, maybe 2010.
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