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Old August 18th, 2008, 05:36 PM   #121
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There's lots of glass going up on the building now. It looks pretty nice.
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Old August 28th, 2008, 07:05 PM   #122
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Just went to our lunchroom and looked at the floor #'s on the service elevator which is right across from our office (I'm on the 26th floor). Looks like they've got it completed up through the 44th floor.

I was talking with a friend who is one of the project manager accountants for this building, and she said last week they've finalized the topping off party and it's scheduled for the next 2 weeks.

That sure went up fast. Just this spring it was a hole.
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Old August 29th, 2008, 06:27 AM   #123
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A tower like this would look good in Milwaukee
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Old September 15th, 2008, 05:43 AM   #124
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Old September 16th, 2008, 10:05 PM   #125
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Topped out today! Nice lunch for the workers, too.
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Old September 17th, 2008, 02:02 AM   #126
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Damn this one is already T/O!!! Wow.
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Old October 28th, 2008, 07:24 AM   #127
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Old November 4th, 2008, 01:14 AM   #128
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Old December 16th, 2008, 03:43 AM   #129
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Old December 23rd, 2008, 01:57 AM   #130
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http://www.chicagorealestatedaily.co...ws.pl?id=32366

Ernst & Young to leave Sears Tower for 155 N. Wacker
By Alby Gallun, Dec. 22, 2008


...The accounting firm has signed a lease for nearly 204,000 square feet in the high-rise under construction at 155 N. Wacker Drive, according to Chicago-based John Buck. Ernst & Young, the area’s second-largest accounting firm, with nearly 1,800 professionals here, will be the largest tenant in the 46-story building, occupying floors 19 through 26.

The lease is a coup for John Buck, which has signed up tenants for more than 72% of the 1.1-million-square-foot tower. The developer also is in advanced negotiations with four more tenants that would occupy about 50,000 square feet in the building, says John Buck Principal Drew Nieman.
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Old December 23rd, 2008, 05:53 PM   #131
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The Sears Tower takes yet another hit; its vacancy rate was around 22 percent in 2006.
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Old December 24th, 2008, 08:30 PM   #132
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Why are people leaving? I mean are there any obvious reasons?
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Old December 24th, 2008, 10:23 PM   #133
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The Sears still has some 'snob appeal', if you want to call it that, but not like it used to. I'm guessing it's showing its age, especially compared to the recent generation of new curtain-walled buildings. I know from a co-worker that the top floors sway enough in bad weather that many people can't stay...or they'd hurl all over their desks. Then there are the double-decker elevators, which many don't like (we have them in Aon, and I don't think they're any slower, but others think differently.) I think the terrorism fears have subsided a bit, but I'm sure it's still a factor.

Ultimately, I think the larger/richer tenants (i.e. law firms, consulting firms, etc.) just want the newest greatest most up-to-date buildings. I haven't been inside the Sears, and I'm sure it varies from floor-to-floor, but I'm sure much of it feels "dated" back to the 70's.
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Old December 25th, 2008, 08:58 AM   #134
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I used to work in the Sears Tower as a tower messenger and I can see why some tenants would want to leave. E&Y occupied a great amount of space on the lower, larger floors so i don't understand why they would leave. But on the top floors there are few things I liked besides the view. It took forever to travel up to the floors (elevator banks and double elevators), they swayed badly in high winds (enough for a you to notice just while walking) and it also took a little time to get used to the high altitude. Of course only the smaller companies were at the top of the building.

The sky lobbies of the building (floors 33,34,66,67) were beautiful and offered not only transfers between elevators but a beautiful view of the city. They really should put a Starbucks on the 66th floor lobby cause it would be much more practical!!
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Old December 31st, 2008, 08:15 PM   #135
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http://www.chicagorealestatedaily.co...ws.pl?id=32438

2 tenants scrap plans to move into new towers
By Eddie Baeb, Dec. 31, 2008


Sources say Chicago-based business lender Bridge Finance Group LLC will no longer move into the top three levels of John Buck Co.’s new tower at 155 N. Wacker Drive.
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Old January 10th, 2009, 06:39 AM   #136
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Entryway (hard to tell from my pictures, but the "stone", or whatever the brown material is, is identical to that used in 111 S. Wacker [Deloitte]):

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Old January 18th, 2009, 01:19 AM   #137
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Old January 19th, 2009, 06:49 PM   #138
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^Great angle on that last shot. More than a little reminiscent of 300 N. in that photo.
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Old January 19th, 2009, 10:21 PM   #139
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nice shots Harry!! We just brought in some elevator counterweights today. Gotta find out how much more we have to go.........
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Old January 21st, 2009, 07:45 AM   #140
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