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Old December 11th, 2008, 06:20 PM   #4961
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2 days for the spire (Saturday)

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Hm... that's the Building "Hancock". I knew it from Chicago pics but i didnt knew the name of it

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Old December 11th, 2008, 06:32 PM   #4962
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John Hancock ia also the name of a large insurance company I believe. There is anothyer John Hancock Centre in Boston.
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Old December 11th, 2008, 07:17 PM   #4963
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I just learned that Donald Trump might build nearby or a supertall tower in downtown Seattle. Here is the brief information and rendering of it. http://www.djc.com/news/re/12001060.html

Sorry to be off topic but thought you guys might be interested to learn about it.
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Old December 11th, 2008, 07:37 PM   #4964
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I just learned that Donald Trump might build nearby or a supertall tower in downtown Seattle. Here is the brief information and rendering of it. http://www.djc.com/news/re/12001060.html

Sorry to be off topic but thought you guys might be interested to learn about it.
very nice! i like the top in this one, maybe an observation area?
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Old December 11th, 2008, 07:51 PM   #4965
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very nice! i like the top in this one, maybe an observation area?
Me too. I am not sure about observation area... Seattleties and I just learned about proposed Trump Tower in Seattle today. Here is little more information about this proposed tower, http://www.alpertinternational.com/seattle.htm
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Old December 11th, 2008, 09:16 PM   #4966
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december 11th: Trump trying to get city's final okay for spire installation this weekend

The spire atop Donald Trump's Chicago tower, the tallest building in America since Sears Tower, could be lifted into place by a helicopter this weekend, but only if city and federal officials give final approval, an executive who works with the New York City developer said Wednesday.

Trump_tower_3 The installation would likely start at 8 a.m. on Saturday and could last for one or two days, depending on how quickly construction progresses. The Chicago River, located just south of the 92-story hotel and condominium tower, could be closed while the Wabash Avenue Bridge could be opened, in effect shutting down traffic on the north-south street that adjoins the skyscraper, according to the Trump executive.

"We keep getting closer and closer," said Andrew Weiss, executive vice president of the Trump Organization, in a telephone interview from New York. "If anyone is unhappy or doesn't like it, it kills the whole thing." He said meetings are being held with a variety of city officials and that the discussions will continue Thursday, with Trump hoping to get the city's ultimate okay.

The installation already has been delayed several times--once, Weiss revealed, because city officials were not happy with a plan to allow the helicopter to land in the open space between the Trump tower and the Wrigley Building in order to refuel. Plans now call for a different kind of helicopter to refuel off-site and return to the skyscraper for additional installation work.





To avoid another postponement, Weiss said, Trump still must cross several hurdles, including sign-offs from the city's police and fire departments, a Federal Aviation Administration inspection of the helicopter and an interview with the helicopter pilot. "This guy's like the surgeon with the gloves," the executive said.

The spire measures 227 feet and eight inches high and is made of three-legged sections of steel covered in fiberglass. Once it is installed, the Trump tower will rise to a height of 1,361 feet, making it the second tallest building in Chicago--and the nation--after the 1,451-foot Sears Tower.

New York's Empire State Building is 1,250 feet tall.

The bottom of the spire already is built and protrudes above the skyscraper's roofline. The remaining sections of the spire were lifted into place by a construction crane and now sit on the roof, "standing like soldiers in a row," Weiss said. The helicopter will pick up the sections, one at a time, and hover over the spire. Construction workers will be sure that the sections are properly aligned and will then bolt them into place.

Asked about the weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday, Weiss said: "It's going to be in the high 30s, mixed clouds and sun." Referring to the construction workers, he said: "These guys have to stand up there--partially inside the spire with their heads sticking out. If it's snowing and raining and it's slippery, it's just not conducive for working safetly."

Officially known as the Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, the skyscraper was designed by Adrian Smith of the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Smith has since left Skidmore to start his own firm.

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Old December 11th, 2008, 09:31 PM   #4967
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This image of the John Hancock building in Chicago is left-right reversed.
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Old December 11th, 2008, 11:48 PM   #4968
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the spire installation tommorow??? thats exciting but it still should depend on the weather.
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Old December 11th, 2008, 11:57 PM   #4969
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the spire installation tommorow??? thats exciting but it still should depend on the weather.
Saturday morning, and yeah weather permitting.

work continues on the river front plaza....





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Old December 12th, 2008, 01:34 AM   #4970
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It look like it is hard to get work done when it is covered by snow.
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Old December 12th, 2008, 02:20 AM   #4971
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This image of the John Hancock building in Chicago is left-right reversed.
Yea I noticed that too. I couldn't figure out where it was taken from exactly because of that.
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Old December 12th, 2008, 04:58 PM   #4972
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Installing the Trump's Spire Tomorrow??? Permit is ready.

Blair Kamin with the update...although Tom Skilling is calling for heavy winds that will probably cause further delays...

Trump spire installation appears on track for Saturday
The helicopter installation of the spire atop Donald Trump's Chicago tower looks to be nearing final approval, with city officials expected to formally issue a permit on Friday, an executive who works with the New York real estate developer said Thursday.

"The actual permit has been printed but not yet delivered," Andrew Weiss, an executive vice president with the Trump Organization, said Thursday night in a telephone interview from New York. City officials are expected to bring the permit to the site of the 92-story hotel and condominium tower on Friday, he said.

Asked if there are any hurdles that could block the installation, Weiss said: "Not to my knowledge." However, he explained that the helicopter, which is parked at Midway Airport, must be inspected Friday morning. "As of right now," he added, "there's still a few loose ends that don't appear to be a cause for alarm."

The weather also could be a factor. Forecasts call for windy weather on Saturday and powerful south winds, 17 m.p.h. to 36 m.p.h., on Sunday.

The spire installation has been delayed three times, once because city officials balked at a Trump plan to let the helicopter refuel in the open space between the Wrigley Building and the skyscraper. instead, the helicopter will fly off-site to refuel.

The installation is expected to begin at 8 a.m. Saturday and could last for two days, depending on how quickly the work progresses. See my post from yesterday on how the installation is supposed to be done. http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com/theskyline/
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Old December 12th, 2008, 06:55 PM   #4973
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Thanks for the info


Hm... that's the Building "Hancock". I knew it from Chicago pics but i didnt knew the name of it

Thanks btw folks

Great shot of Chicago in the late 70's/early 80's. When noticing the beautiful Pamolive Building behind the Hancock has the "Playboy" sign on it (at that time the home of the Playboy Headquaters), I remembered when I discovered Playboy magazines as a boy... That building ALWAYS made me smile. (and still does)
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Old December 12th, 2008, 07:31 PM   #4974
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Very nice pics

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It look like it is hard to get work done when it is covered by snow.
Its very hard indeed...
There is possibility pure concrete to freeze from low temperatures...
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Old December 12th, 2008, 07:35 PM   #4975
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I would so appreciate anyone who will be taking photos tommorow and post it here. In freezing weather...
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Old December 12th, 2008, 08:05 PM   #4976
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Nice graphic from the Trib

http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune....8/12/post.html
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Old December 13th, 2008, 01:44 AM   #4977
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guess theres only 19hrs and 15 minutes left until the spire goes up(wheater permitting).maybe ill get some pics
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Old December 13th, 2008, 02:04 AM   #4978
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What a pic !!!!!!! I fall in love with this angle !


PD: Waiting for spire, too...
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yeahhhh!!! me too.... the new building back of the old structures... amazing!!!
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Old December 13th, 2008, 11:22 AM   #4980
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