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Old June 5th, 2007, 06:29 AM   #1621
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http://midwest.construction.com/feat...ve/0706_TS.asp

Chicago Spire*

Cost: $1.2 billion**

It will be the tallest building in North America, the tallest residential building in the world and bear the design flourishes of Santiago Calatrava.

The Chicago Spire residential tower will rise 2,000 ft., hold 3 million sq ft of space and total 150 floors, says Kim Metcalfe, senior vice president of Weber Shandwick Worldwide in Chicago and spokesperson for Shelbourne Development Group Inc., the Dublin-based developer.

The project features a twirling appearance sometimes compared to a plume of smoke, drill bit or swirling cloak. The project itself has undergone a number of twists.

The project proposal was initiated in 2005 by local developer The Fordham Co. Fordham had originally commissioned Calatrava and had the option to buy the 2.2-acre property near the intersection of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan.

But Fordham fell short on financing, and Ireland's Garrett Kelleher stepped in to keep the project going. Kelleher had previously worked as a painting contractor and developer in Chicago, working here between 1986 and 1996, when he returned to Ireland.

Detailing the Spire

The project details have changed numerous times, but several facts have been confirmed.

The building will hold 1,200 condominiums that range in size from 600 to 8,000 sq ft, Metcalfe says. Hotel rooms, which had previously been announced, have been taken out from plans.

The building will feature a composite structure - steel and concrete - with a 360-degree rotation.

More than 1,300 parking spaces will be below ground in a six-and-a-half story hole.

Despite the name, the tower will not be topped with a spire, Metcalfe says.

The top will be illuminated.

The building's base will hold a four-story, transparent lobby with five stories of amenity space for the residents, including spa, fitness area and brasserie. The condo units start on the 10th floor.

Access to the spire will come from ramps built on Lake Shore Drive, Metcalfe says. Traffic will exit on a ramp, go underneath the drive to Lower Lake Shore and arrive at the spire entrance.

Plans call for the building to attain LEED Gold Certification, Metcalfe says.

Rainwater will be recycled for car washes, river water will be used for cooling and "ornithologically correct glass" will be incorporated in the building to help spare the birds who fly through the area.
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Old June 5th, 2007, 08:50 PM   #1622
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Ted is correct with his mathematical assessment. 59-60 miles is just about the maximum distance.
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Old June 5th, 2007, 09:03 PM   #1623
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After looking at the lot for a while on Google Earth, I noticed something:



The two lots on either side of Lakeshore Dr. are almost identical in size. Why are they not swapped? Then the spire could surrounded by water on 3 sides and not have the other buildings so close. Is that lot less stable? Landfill? It seems the property value on the park lot would be the higher of the two. After some measuring with Google Earth, the park lot is even the slightly larger of the two.

Look up and down Lake Shore Drive: Lake Point Tower was and is the only commercial building east of LSD. No residential highrise will be allowed on the lake side of the road.
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Old June 5th, 2007, 09:04 PM   #1624
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From SSP:
"I don't have a sketchup model of Mandarin Oriental to place in this shot."

Mandarin Oriental would not be visible from that angle.

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Old June 5th, 2007, 09:07 PM   #1625
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Look up and down Lake Shore Drive: Lake Point Tower was and is the only commercial building east of LSD. No residential highrise will be allowed on the lake side of the road.
Yes we know. That was discussed at length after I asked the question.
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Old June 5th, 2007, 09:13 PM   #1626
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Sorry, I didn't go back enough pages.
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Old June 5th, 2007, 09:16 PM   #1627
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Well, there isn't much in the way of elevated places around chicago... however, about 90 miles north of chicago is Milwaukee... if you stand on the roof of the US Bank tower (600ish feet) you would be able to see the CS if it was roughly 4046 ft tall.

So... lets just add another 2000 feet and we could see our neighboring cities!
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Old June 5th, 2007, 10:32 PM   #1628
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When will Shelbourne break ground???
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Old June 5th, 2007, 11:01 PM   #1629
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this month will be construction start of the CS
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Old June 5th, 2007, 11:30 PM   #1630
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Will the CS take as long as the Freedom Tower to complete foundation work? Because if it does, we'll have to wait at least a year and a half before this building starts rising.
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Old June 5th, 2007, 11:37 PM   #1631
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Will the CS take as long as the Freedom Tower to complete foundation work? Because if it does, we'll have to wait at least a year and a half before this building starts rising.
NOTHING will ever take as long as that thing.

Who knows though. With the water so close, it could take a little more work than normal.
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Old June 6th, 2007, 12:04 AM   #1632
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I just called Shelbourne in Chicago and they stated it should only take 3 years. They also informed that Savills from London is already taking orders. It's further along than I thought.
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Old June 6th, 2007, 04:07 AM   #1633
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Chicago Spire

Cost: $1.2 billion

It will be the tallest building in North America, the tallest residential building in the world and bear the design flourishes of Santiago Calatrava.

The Chicago Spire residential tower will rise 2,000 ft., hold 3 million sq ft of space and total 150 floors, says Kim Metcalfe, senior vice president of Weber Shandwick Worldwide in Chicago and spokesperson for Shelbourne Development Group Inc., the Dublin-based developer.

The project features a twirling appearance sometimes compared to a plume of smoke, drill bit or swirling cloak. The project itself has undergone a number of twists.

The project proposal was initiated in 2005 by local developer The Fordham Co. Fordham had originally commissioned Calatrava and had the option to buy the 2.2-acre property near the intersection of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan.

But Fordham fell short on financing, and Ireland's Garrett Kelleher stepped in to keep the project going. Kelleher had previously worked as a painting contractor and developer in Chicago, working here between 1986 and 1996, when he returned to Ireland.

Detailing the Spire

The project details have changed numerous times, but several facts have been confirmed.

The building will hold 1,200 condominiums that range in size from 600 to 8,000 sq ft, Metcalfe says. Hotel rooms, which had previously been announced, have been taken out from plans.

The building will feature a composite structure - steel and concrete - with a 360-degree rotation.

More than 1,300 parking spaces will be below ground in a six-and-a-half story hole.

Despite the name, the tower will not be topped with a spire, Metcalfe says.

The top will be illuminated.

The building's base will hold a four-story, transparent lobby with five stories of amenity space for the residents, including spa, fitness area and brasserie. The condo units start on the 10th floor.

Access to the spire will come from ramps built on Lake Shore Drive, Metcalfe says. Traffic will exit on a ramp, go underneath the drive to Lower Lake Shore and arrive at the spire entrance.

Plans call for the building to attain LEED Gold Certification, Metcalfe says.

Rainwater will be recycled for car washes, river water will be used for cooling and "ornithologically correct glass" will be incorporated in the building to help spare the birds who fly through the area.
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Old June 6th, 2007, 06:57 AM   #1634
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The top will be illuminated.


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Old June 6th, 2007, 07:04 AM   #1635
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I agree, this will be a fantastic feature.
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Old June 6th, 2007, 02:28 PM   #1636
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but no observation deck (imagine the view.... looking down on the sears tower....)
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Old June 6th, 2007, 03:19 PM   #1637
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it has none because it is a residental
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Old June 6th, 2007, 03:51 PM   #1638
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both Q1 and Eureak are completely residential, 323, and 297m respectively and bhoth have very impressive observation decks.

it is a pity there will no be ob deck. if i owned an apartment in it, i would make it into an observation deck, and then buy another aprtment in it.
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Old June 6th, 2007, 05:43 PM   #1639
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Kelleher will need to watch his pennies to build it for only $1.2 B. That's $400 per gross (not usable) square foot. Maybe there is hope that the condo prices won't be quite so outrageous.
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Old June 6th, 2007, 06:22 PM   #1640
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i bet the prices will be outrageous
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