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Old January 15th, 2008, 03:45 AM   #4781
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Nice shots, but nothing compared with the harryc pics.

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Old January 15th, 2008, 04:11 AM   #4782
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Somehow that hole looks deeper then the metal pieces were high before they were hammered into the ground
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Old January 15th, 2008, 04:18 AM   #4783
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Do the guides on the river boat tours mention the Chicago Spire???
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Old January 15th, 2008, 04:37 AM   #4784
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the spire's lookin' like it's coming along great!!!
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Old January 15th, 2008, 05:28 AM   #4785
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heres a stupid question. how do they get the dirt out of that hole? are those arms long enough?
I don't think so, they'll probably have to use a crane with a clamshell bucket for the last little bit.
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Old January 15th, 2008, 01:31 PM   #4786
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it will be 7 in total
What are they going to do after all rings are finished? Pour the pillars?

When can we expect the core rise above ground level?
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Old January 15th, 2008, 04:53 PM   #4787
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Fox News (hardly a respected news source i know!) just had a short story about the Spire, apartments are on sale now and the full height of the building will be decided on how many are sold.. is there any truth in this story?
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Old January 15th, 2008, 05:48 PM   #4788
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i don't think so, changing the height of the project may involve a lot of work!
anyway, i've been reading on an Italian newspaper that the top will host a gym and a place where the "locals" can meet and chat, is that true?i've been reading around the thread and on the project's website, but I couldn't find any information about it. i was trying to image a gym at 600 meters and not in a basement as mine...marvellous!
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Old January 15th, 2008, 06:12 PM   #4789
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Fox News (hardly a respected news source i know!) just had a short story about the Spire, apartments are on sale now and the full height of the building will be decided on how many are sold.. is there any truth in this story?
I've never heard this before. Every news outlet has confirmed that the building will be 150 stories and 2000'.
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Old January 15th, 2008, 11:01 PM   #4790
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mmh thanks...you know this article marked that point clearly, saying that the top wouldn't have been a nest for the richest of the richs, but a common area for every tenant to enjoy, i thought it would have been a nice thing, i hope it'll be right and maybe also open to public!
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Old January 16th, 2008, 12:00 AM   #4791
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The current hole is only for the core of the tower. Around the core will be 14 caissons, two for each of the 7 "legs" of the base of the tower. People seem to get confused and think that the current hole is the entire base of the tower, but in reality the actual footprint will be just about as big as the plot of land will allow.

Many thanks for your thoughtful and detailed explanation. I also appreciate Chicagophotoshop's comments. I look forward to seeing the status of this mega-project when I'm in Chicago in June for the Blues Festival. BTW I was in Valencia, Spain last summer and spent many an hour gawking at Calatrava's City of Arts and Sciences complex. The man is an absolute genius and a real artist. One of the things that strikes me about his buildings is how tactile they are -- you really want to go up and touch them and literally get a feel for his work. I'm sure The Spire will (IN)Spire the same emotions.
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Old January 16th, 2008, 12:08 AM   #4792
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Nice pics! Althought I don't understand how the hole can be so small for such a tall tower... should be alot wider.
































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Old January 16th, 2008, 12:56 AM   #4793
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Nice pics! Althought I don't understand how the hole can be so small for such a tall tower... should be alot wider.
































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Old January 16th, 2008, 04:15 AM   #4794
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Nice pics! Althought I don't understand how the hole can be so small for such a tall tower... should be alot wider.
































... just kidding

Like SSP, we should rename the thread title:

"CHICAGO | Chicago Spire | 610m | 2000ft | 150 fl | U/C - THE CIRCULAR HOLE IS FOR THE CORE ONLY, SO DON'T ASK!"

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Old January 16th, 2008, 06:16 AM   #4795
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Like SSP, we should rename the thread title:

"CHICAGO | Chicago Spire | 610m | 2000ft | 150 fl | U/C - THE CIRCULAR HOLE IS FOR THE CORE ONLY, SO DON'T ASK!"

So why is the hole so small









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Old January 16th, 2008, 12:08 PM   #4796
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Sales of The Chicago Spire Residences to Begin Today
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CHICAGO / January 14, 2008 – The Chicago Spire sales campaign launches today with the official opening of The Chicago Spire Sales Center, located on the 18th floor of NBC Tower, overlooking the construction site. The global marketing drive begins later this month and will feature an exhibition road show to 15 key cities across Europe, South and Southeast Asia and South Africa, including Dublin, Moscow, Singapore, Dubai and Cape Town. Designed by Santiago Calatrava, The Chicago Spire is an iconic 2,000-foot residential building located on the shores of Lake Michigan.

"The Chicago Spire is a special building," said Garrett Kelleher, executive chairman of Shelbourne Development Group, Inc., the developer of The Chicago Spire. "Our world-class team is creating what will not only become a spectacular home for its residents, but a dramatic new contribution to Chicago's skyline."

Since its September 2007 unveiling, more than 600 potential buyers across the United States have scheduled appointments to visit the nearly 20,000-square foot sales center, which includes full-scale recreations of apartment interiors and original artworks by Calatrava. The Chicago Spire sales team will begin meeting with these interested parties today and are currently scheduling appointments with potential buyers around the world.

“This building could only be built in Chicago," said Dominic Grace, Head of Savills Residential Development and leader of the global sales campaign. "Not only is Chicago the birthplace of the skyscraper, it is an exciting city that provides residents an incredibly vibrant lifestyle. The location is quite exceptional and has provided real inspiration for Mr. Calatrava. We've already heard from an unprecedented number of people who want to be part of this iconic building, and we are looking forward to a tremendously successful sales effort."

When complete in 2011, The Chicago Spire will be home to 1,194 individual residences and a range of amenities that will rival any in the world. In addition to those previously reported, the three-floor 52,000-square foot amenity space will include temperature-controlled wine lockers and humidors, private retail facilities, children's playroom, business center and library, among many others.

No two residences are alike at The Chicago Spire, with each suite, gallery, one-four bedroom home and penthouse offering a unique floor plan and outstanding city and lakefront views. Ranging from 534 - 10,309 square feet, units are priced from $750,000 USD. The largest home, a spectacular two-floor penthouse, is $40,000,000.

The Chicago Spire, situated on a 2.2 acre site where the Chicago River meets Lake Michigan, will be the world's tallest residential building. Conceived as an environmentally sensitive project, The Chicago Spire is designed to meet the gold standard of LEED certification and has already won a number of awards for its innovative approach to design and construction. Some of the many environmentally-sensitive features include a vacuum garbage shoot with automatic sorting for recycling, recycled rainwater for landscape maintenance and a highly efficient geo-thermal cooling system. In addition, The Chicago Spire will have the world's longest elevator run at 1,864 feet, shattering the current world record by 500 feet.

Construction of The Chicago Spire began in June 2007. Completion and occupancy are expected Q4 2011.

For more information, see www.thechicagospire.com, or contact the Sales Center at 312.516.4800 to make an appointment.
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Old January 16th, 2008, 12:58 PM   #4797
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I think, this hole is only for core.
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Old January 16th, 2008, 01:03 PM   #4798
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Old January 16th, 2008, 02:30 PM   #4799
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I'm going to waste space by asking a dumb question..
(that I already know the answer)

but that is OK because...

I can say I was "JUST KIDDING"

unbelievable......
Waste space? Are we running out of space here?
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Old January 16th, 2008, 04:02 PM   #4800
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Jan 16 - AM

View from above







A worker told me the big I-beams visable just above the core are for the 86' primary secant caissons. The secondaries were 40' along the slip - may be different along the West side. Note the second rig being assembled and the progress on the secant guide wall.

Trucks queing up for dirt ( this is not only for the spire ), there were 13 waiting by the time I was heading back



New rig



The sunrise is back !







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