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Old December 31st, 2007, 08:45 PM   #4581
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Dec 31

A quick drive by shooting.

Repairing the riverwall.



A real gate forms



The core continues





Working on the base for one of the 7 jparied rock caissons for the outer supports.



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Old December 31st, 2007, 10:28 PM   #4582
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Well I'm just not 'some critic'. And Sy my man, yes you are 100% correct. 30 St Mary Axe is a nice building. And The Chicago Spire was a nice building too. If a building is going to be lost among the skyline, then nice is good enough. But if a building is going to be the tallest in a city - heck, tallest in an entire nation! - then 'nice' just does not cut it. In automotive terms, I'd compare this skyscraper to a Camry or Accord. Nice, but nothing to write home about. C'mon whoever is building this building, next time you build a building, build an Escalade or a 300C, and not a Camry!
So who are you then? A famous critic? Or just someone who thinks people actually care what you think?
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Old January 1st, 2008, 12:18 AM   #4583
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Well I'm just not 'some critic'. And Sy my man, yes you are 100% correct. 30 St Mary Axe is a nice building. And The Chicago Spire was a nice building too. If a building is going to be lost among the skyline, then nice is good enough. But if a building is going to be the tallest in a city - heck, tallest in an entire nation! - then 'nice' just does not cut it. In automotive terms, I'd compare this skyscraper to a Camry or Accord. Nice, but nothing to write home about. C'mon whoever is building this building, next time you build a building, build an Escalade or a 300C, and not a Camry!
Seems like ya are part of the "some critics" crowd, unless what you meant is that you think you're a more important man than the rest of us (by the way, why on Earth would you want an Escalade?). Luckily neither the Gherkin nor the Spire will be lost amidst the skyline, both being very distinct (I believe that's why you truly disliked it in the first place).

If we're comparing buildings to cars now, the Spire is probably most similar to the current Mini Cooper (though on the opposite of the size spectrum). One of the most distinctive cars in the U.S. to go with one of, if not the most, distinctive contemporary skyscraper. Compare the Camry to a 300-foot glass box.

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Old January 1st, 2008, 01:47 AM   #4584
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Dec 31 - Slurry wall stuff

Long partition - this shows how deep the slurry wall is .



Detail of top


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Parked ( they had new years eve off also )




Still a way to go ( to the wooden fence )
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Old January 1st, 2008, 08:52 PM   #4585
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so theres only 2 or 3 under ground floors?
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Old January 2nd, 2008, 12:37 AM   #4586
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No observation deck?
thats not very good

and it only looks good at night in my mind. the lighting at night makes it look golden almost, itd look better like that all the time instead of white.
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Old January 2nd, 2008, 12:45 AM   #4587
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No observation deck?
thats not very good

and it only looks good at night in my mind. the lighting at night makes it look golden almost, itd look better like that all the time instead of white.
maybe it is a pity that there's no OB-deck but there's still the OB-deck on Sears in 400m+ which is good enough IMO
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Old January 2nd, 2008, 01:00 AM   #4588
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Seems like ya are part of the "some critics" crowd, unless what you meant is that you think you're a more important man than the rest of us (by the way, why on Earth would you want an Escalade?). Luckily neither the Gherkin nor the Spire will be lost amidst the skyline, both being very distinct (I believe that's why you truly disliked it in the first place).
Exactly, The Gherkin has gone from being likened to a giant ***** before being built, to being at home in the London skyline and considered a top quality building. I'm sure that the Spire will be the same and all similar references (from people such as Classic Man) will be long forgotten once it has been completed.

This project is probably one of the most exciting in the world at the moment (imho) and with the thanks of HarryC and others posting regular photos I'm getting the chance to watch it happen.
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Old January 2nd, 2008, 12:38 PM   #4589
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Giant drill bits aren't new, there's already 4 that I could name, and 3 proposed twisty one's in Dubai, with one already U/C

I can't think how its design is that special, although it will still look great in the Chicago skyline and it will be an absolute monster by any standards
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Old January 2nd, 2008, 03:54 PM   #4590
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Jan 02 - AM

View from above [ full set - zoomable http://picasaweb.google.com/harry.r..../400NLSDCSHeli ]



The ice rink - looks like a pump failed - or are they counting on digging out the ice ?



Ramps from N bound LSD

Studs on, building up forms for concrete deck.







Secant work
Steady progress



Slurry wall

These seem wider than the sections that have been put in so far, and there appear to be more than would be required for the E-W run along the river. It seems that the skinny ones also go deeper than the wide ones.





And the rebar keeps on coming in.

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Old January 2nd, 2008, 04:43 PM   #4591
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I just want everybody outside of Chicago to know that work will be on going on today even though it's only 8 degrees farenheit today. Chicago works!!!
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Old January 2nd, 2008, 05:14 PM   #4592
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Oh my. That hole looks rather small from a bigger perspective. =<

Unlike some people here, I think it looks extremely good. Love how the facade twists itself.
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Old January 2nd, 2008, 11:19 PM   #4593
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Wow, I can't believe some of the negative criticism I'm seeing on this thread.
Who in their right mind can possibly find the Spire any less than spectacular.
Definitely the best Supertall currently being built anywhere in the world.
Calatrava's best so far.
Hell, just one more (BIG) reason why I want to live in Chicago :-/
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 04:09 AM   #4594
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Also if anyone did not notice, the two excavators are starting to dig the footings for the 7, (seven) perimeter columns as well, this site is moving quite fast.

This should give a good example of how large the floors are, (at the base anyway)
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 09:05 AM   #4595
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I just want everybody outside of Chicago to know that work will be on going on today even though it's only 8 degrees farenheit today. Chicago works!!!

Thank you for telling us that workers in Chicago are not on strike. In colder cities they also work.


As a Canadian, I don't think Chicago is my "Miami". It's your third largest metropolis. Last I heard the Miami of Canada was a city down in southern Florida by a similar name.
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 09:12 AM   #4596
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Winter is settling in...will that river in the background freeze over eventually?
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 01:22 PM   #4597
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Winter is settling in...will that river in the background freeze over eventually?
Yes
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 04:17 PM   #4598
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Thank you for telling us that workers in Chicago are not on strike. In colder cities they also work.


As a Canadian, I don't think Chicago is my "Miami". It's your third largest metropolis. Last I heard the Miami of Canada was a city down in southern Florida by a similar name.

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Old January 3rd, 2008, 07:41 PM   #4599
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Learn to have a sense of humor.

It's well known in the great white north that there are two cities competing to be the official "Miami of Canada"...

Toledo, OH & Gary, IN
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Old January 4th, 2008, 01:59 AM   #4600
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Last I heard the Miami of Canada was a city down in southern Florida by a similar name.
He's got'cha there, Cheeps. I know first-hand.
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