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Old June 9th, 2008, 05:56 AM   #6381
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Thanx so much for the video, now i understand how they're going to build it..
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Old June 9th, 2008, 02:50 PM   #6382
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after watching the video linked above i have a couple of questions, firstly have all the secant and slurry walls been done?

secondly i can understand the reason for building the garage top down, better laterals support (think infinity tower) but does that mean we wont see hardly any of the construction of the parking garage???
It seems there will be very little photo opportunity for the garage construction. They're only be the hole where material is removed or supplied which probably won't be that large. The only other way to get photos would be to get inside which Harry might be able to do occasionally!
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Old June 9th, 2008, 08:49 PM   #6383
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Half the buyers are from Chicago? That's more than I expected.
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Old June 9th, 2008, 10:27 PM   #6384
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It's not so much the height as it is the location... I think.... Right next to the rive and the lake??
Sure, there are some logistical issues, but Trump Tower moved much faster at this point, as did 300 N. LaSalle. Both of those are built within a few feet of the river and required pretty large excavations.
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Old June 10th, 2008, 04:52 AM   #6385
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June 09 - Lunch

From above



higer res
2007 series
2008 Q1 series
2008 Q2 series

Working both sides of a pair
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Not much soil - a few big rocks.
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Bigger than it looks, The size of LSD and the cranes make the site seem small, check out he main in the yellow for a better feel of the scale.
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Nice day for a cruise.
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Using the new onramp
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Neigbors
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Moving out the dirt.
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Jokers hooking up the pump to fill the big hole from the smaller one.
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Big grinder with gindings.
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Old June 10th, 2008, 06:45 AM   #6386
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For those interested in the building specs, this is really a great article: http://www.acppubs.com/article/CA656...dustryid=48591

Here are some of the highlights.

* "The testing that was done on the rock caissons succeeded anything else that has been done in the United States, certainly in Chicago," Collins says.

* "Ninety-eight bell caissons are being constructed right now that will support the garage elements," he adds. The top-down construction of the plaza and garage will begin after this underground phase is completed in July.

* Lobby and amenity space will occupy the lower floors of The Chicago Spire. The 53-foot-high transparent lobby will feature Calatrava's sinusoidal motioned maple ceiling. The lobby's footprint will measure 15,220 square feet.

* Among its many engineering achievements, The Chicago Spire will have the world's longest elevator run at 1,864 feet. The building will be serviced by 17 elevators (14 passenger elevators in four banks, and three freight/fire elevators).

* Shelbourne Development Group anticipates a large on-site workforce during the multiyear project. "We are anticipating in excess of 2,000 workers at the complete peak of activities between shell and core and the finishes," says Collins. "So, there will be a small village of people."

"And that doesn't event count the people involved in the creative process on the other side," says Kim Metcalfe, a project spokeswoman. "The intellectual capital that comes into Chicago from all corners of the globe to plan the various portions of the building to the minutia is amazing. So, not only will there be a small village building this building, but you literally have the most amazing brains working on this project from almost every country."

Approximately 50 lead consulting firms are participating in the construction of The Chicago Spire, and they are joined by hundreds of subconsultants. "It takes a massive team," Collins says.
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Old June 10th, 2008, 06:47 AM   #6387
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For those interested in the building specs, this is really a great article: http://www.acppubs.com/article/CA656...dustryid=48591

Here are some of the highlights.

* "The testing that was done on the rock caissons succeeded anything else that has been done in the United States, certainly in Chicago," Collins says.

* "Ninety-eight bell caissons are being constructed right now that will support the garage elements," he adds. The top-down construction of the plaza and garage will begin after this underground phase is completed in July.

* Lobby and amenity space will occupy the lower floors of The Chicago Spire. The 53-foot-high transparent lobby will feature Calatrava's sinusoidal motioned maple ceiling. The lobby's footprint will measure 15,220 square feet.

* Among its many engineering achievements, The Chicago Spire will have the world's longest elevator run at 1,864 feet. The building will be serviced by 17 elevators (14 passenger elevators in four banks, and three freight/fire elevators).

* Shelbourne Development Group anticipates a large on-site workforce during the multiyear project. "We are anticipating in excess of 2,000 workers at the complete peak of activities between shell and core and the finishes," says Collins. "So, there will be a small village of people."

"And that doesn't event count the people involved in the creative process on the other side," says Kim Metcalfe, a project spokeswoman. "The intellectual capital that comes into Chicago from all corners of the globe to plan the various portions of the building to the minutia is amazing. So, not only will there be a small village building this building, but you literally have the most amazing brains working on this project from almost every country."

Approximately 50 lead consulting firms are participating in the construction of The Chicago Spire, and they are joined by hundreds of subconsultants. "It takes a massive team," Collins says.
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Old June 10th, 2008, 07:00 AM   #6388
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Wow this is the first time I have heard of the project, and it is probably the coolest tower i've ever seen.

But in all honesty it does look like a huge dick.
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Old June 10th, 2008, 08:01 AM   #6389
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I'm pleased to hear the building is selling well but kinda surprised - check out the floorplans at chicagospire.com, keep in mind the prices start in the $600sK, and I think you may agree the units seem small and un-elaborate... they are nice and sensible however.
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Old June 10th, 2008, 09:26 AM   #6390
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wow, that video on how they are going to build this was amazing. Has a tower ever been built like this before?
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Old June 10th, 2008, 11:03 AM   #6391
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wow, that video on how they are going to build this was amazing. Has a tower ever been built like this before?
yeah they've used this method for the parking many times. It's actually a quite old method. The footings of the Brooklyn Bridge in NY were build the same way
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Old June 10th, 2008, 12:21 PM   #6392
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Wow this is the first time I have heard of the project, and it is probably the coolest tower i've ever seen.

But in all honesty it does look like a huge dick.
Its been twisted as well which is even more painful
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Old June 10th, 2008, 12:41 PM   #6393
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Old June 10th, 2008, 01:23 PM   #6394
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yeah they've used this method for the parking many times. It's actually a quite old method. The footings of the Brooklyn Bridge in NY were build the same way
Actually - no - the Brooklyn bridge caissons were inverted boxes, structural support being from air pressure and a really sturdy caisson. There is an excellent and very readable book on it The Great Bridge by David McCullough.

This method - complete with circular excavation with whalers for the main shaft - has been used by CASE before, and is also being used currently ( by CASE ) at the OMPW site.
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Old June 10th, 2008, 07:39 PM   #6395
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thx Harry, wonderful updates as always
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Old June 11th, 2008, 02:52 AM   #6396
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Old June 11th, 2008, 04:14 AM   #6397
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great video.really explained it well! a long way to go before core gets above grd.
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Old June 11th, 2008, 05:01 AM   #6398
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Is this for real...this is a huge project!
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Old June 11th, 2008, 07:28 AM   #6400
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Is this for real...this is a huge project!
No. The giant hole and all the construction equipment and all the people and the cranes is just an illusion. It's a changing pattern on the empty lot that causes the area to look like that.
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