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Old August 17th, 2008, 08:14 PM   #7161
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maybe it has already been asked, so forgive me if it's so. but, can anybody give me a link of a video or slideshow showing how the Spire will grow up? i'm not keen in architecture, but I've never seen a skyscrapers being built from such a strange circular hole!

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Here you go.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/video/...080604spire-wn
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Old August 17th, 2008, 10:09 PM   #7162
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Thanks Dequal, and also for the PM, you've been really kind. the video is awesome, i've been captured about the complexity of the building construction, and it's surprising how they're gonna go down the "plaza" to build the seven levels underground.
I'm not an expert in architecture, as I said once, but the way they're planning to make the CS rise reminds me of Tower 42 or NatWest tower (according to the names) in London, i mean a central concrete "core" and the floors spreading from it. but i read that this was a big problem for T42, since there wasn't as much space as commercial banks would need.
i know CS is an apartment tower block, but will this construction style have a negative influence on the apartments' dimensions?
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Old August 18th, 2008, 12:40 AM   #7163
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Old August 18th, 2008, 04:24 AM   #7164
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which old tunnels?
There are old freight railroad tunnels under the site as I recall and BVic posted, from a source, in post 5763:
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Next steps in construction are utilities. We have sewer, water, fire hydrants lines, electrical, phone – etc.. The entire building is Cat 6 wiring, which doesn’t even exist in that location yet. Additionally, there’s a ton of old stuff down there that needs to come up – everything from tunnels to old freight lines.
So if the tunnels and old freight lines need to come up I'm curious, how they will do it?
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Old August 18th, 2008, 05:24 AM   #7165
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There was/is a network of electric-powered narrow-gauge freight railroad tunnels built about 100 years or so ago under most of Chicago's downtown streets, used in an attempt to get stuff to and from buildings without clogging the surface streets. It was never really commercially successful and closed sometime in the mid-20th century. The tunnels were/are (most still exist) at approximately the same depth as the CTA subway tubes and in fact, building them put a serious crimp in the freight tunnels' operations. IIRC, they went as far south as the Field Museum.

Any of those tunnels on the Spire's site will likely be sealed off and dug out for the parking garage.

Do a Google search for them, they are a FASCINATING chapter in Chicago's history.



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Old August 18th, 2008, 08:05 AM   #7166
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8-18-08

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Old August 18th, 2008, 10:21 AM   #7167
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For anybody interested in reading about the history of the freight tunnels check out this site

http://users.ameritech.net/chicagotunnel/tunnel1.html

Thanks mgk920 it was an interesting read and a fascinating chapter in Chicago's past.
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Old August 18th, 2008, 11:30 AM   #7168
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Old August 18th, 2008, 12:42 PM   #7169
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Old August 18th, 2008, 05:46 PM   #7170
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They are punching in caissons into ground now to use as columns on later stage, but how many out of how many planned are already in?
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Old August 18th, 2008, 07:10 PM   #7171
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All the caissons are completed. The contractor doing that work (Case) has packed up and left the site.
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Old August 18th, 2008, 08:06 PM   #7172
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there seem to be alot of complaints recently about this being slow. if anything, I think progress is fast. this is a 2000ft building on a very difficult area to build. the foundation takes time. chill people, this is on schedule.
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Old August 18th, 2008, 08:28 PM   #7173
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since maybe you haven't seen, let me re-post it:

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maybe it has already been asked, so forgive me if it's so. but, can anybody give me a link of a video or slideshow showing how the Spire will grow up? i'm not keen in architecture, but I've never seen a skyscrapers being built from such a strange circular hole!

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Old August 18th, 2008, 08:44 PM   #7174
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All the caissons are completed. The contractor doing that work (Case) has packed up and left the site.
AHHH, so refreshing to hear that, time to dig the last soils on at the bottom of the hole and pour the 7th concete ring in and then pour floors bottom up.
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Old August 18th, 2008, 11:20 PM   #7175
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since maybe you haven't seen, let me re-post it:
Someone already answered:
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=5917
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Old August 19th, 2008, 02:45 AM   #7176
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For anybody interested in reading about the history of the freight tunnels check out this site

http://users.ameritech.net/chicagotunnel/tunnel1.html

Thanks mgk920 it was an interesting read and a fascinating chapter in Chicago's past.

Most interesting... and thanx
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Old August 19th, 2008, 03:25 AM   #7177
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I'm obviously not from around Chicago so it's ok for me to ask what the name of the tower is in the background here.
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Old August 19th, 2008, 03:53 AM   #7178
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^ She's a beauty, isn't she? That's Lake Point Tower, c. 1968 - back then, it was the world's tallest residential tower, 180m/600ft. The floorplates allow for unobstructed views out from each of the units, despite the three "wings" of the tower.

Chicago really does have some amazing 60s modernist buildings.
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Old August 19th, 2008, 04:12 AM   #7179
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It was lunchtime so I couldn't see what they were working on, the crain was idling and the stairs have moved again.




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Old August 19th, 2008, 04:13 AM   #7180
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I'm obviously not from around Chicago so it's ok for me to ask what the name of the tower is in the background here.
Lake point tower ( I often delivered pizza there in the early 80s, decent tippers )




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