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Old March 19th, 2008, 06:34 PM   #201
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I drove through Indianapolis a couple days ago and saw the re-clad in action. Looks fantastic... HUGE improvement, that's for sure.
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Old March 19th, 2008, 08:05 PM   #202
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I'm glad the myth is broken (just in case people still believe it). As we saw from Atlanta this past Saturday. Dowtowns are not immune from a tornado or damaging straight line winds.

Do you guys remember the Nashville tornado of 1998 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nashvil...reak_of_1998)? Also, the 2000 tornado in Fort Worth also was pretty bad. I'd hate to see a downtown area hit by an F5 tornado. Due to the rarity of these powerful tornadoes, and the rather small geographic areas of American downtowns though, this is unlikely.

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Old March 20th, 2008, 04:20 AM   #203
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Should the CNN Centre and Omni Hotel extension get an exterior renovation?
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Old March 21st, 2008, 11:33 PM   #204
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Should the CNN Centre and Omni Hotel extension get an exterior renovation?
The only damage appears to be broken glass, so I would say no, but that decision is up to the owners of the buildings.

One Indiana Square was much more heavily damaged than the CNN Centre or Omni Hotel.
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Old March 29th, 2008, 03:04 AM   #205
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I don’t think this has been reported by the media. At 9:07 this morning an ambulance was called to Indiana Square. A worker fell off a scaffold from about the 7th floor down to the 5th floor terrace. Roughly 25 feet. He was conscious when he was loaded onto the ambulance. Work pretty much ended for the day after that. Building management and Todd Mauer were there when they all drove off. Now I’m no safety expert but I’m sure an agency like OSHA will be on site soon to investigate. What’s really good is that these guys are at the very top of the building right now. So falling from floor 7 isn’t that bad if you can describe it that way. It could have been worse. People have died from falling off their house roof.
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Old March 29th, 2008, 03:27 AM   #206
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Wow that must have been scary, at least it wasn't like the 20th floor or something. The fact that hes alive is good. Hopefully they can fix this all up so work can continue. Was this due to poor safety measurments? Or was it due to the victim's actions?
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Old March 29th, 2008, 03:58 AM   #207
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Right now I don't know. It's scarey though.
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Old March 31st, 2008, 04:49 PM   #208
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Not sure what they are doing, but I see workers out there this morning. Perhaps construction resumes?
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Old March 31st, 2008, 06:03 PM   #209
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Yep, looks like they are working as normal today.
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Old April 5th, 2008, 03:58 PM   #210
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More renderings here....
http://www.gensler.com/#projects/158
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Old April 5th, 2008, 07:37 PM   #211
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i like the building, but what is with the side where it doesn't match. It looks like someone attached a couple of offices to the side of the building.
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Old April 7th, 2008, 06:14 PM   #212
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New Pics of North Side!

Sorry for the poor quality of some of them. Digital Zoom used through a dirty window sometimes doesn't wrok really well. Not a whole lot has been going on the past few weeks, but they have finally got the support and framing up to the top of the North East side and have started making progress on the supports on the next section over.











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Old April 8th, 2008, 04:44 AM   #213
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I like how you show they are "raising the roof".
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Old April 9th, 2008, 08:52 PM   #214
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I still can't wait to see what this will look like at night. The LCD at the top shoulkd be very cool looking.
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Old April 10th, 2008, 02:55 AM   #215
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I'm thinking the same thing Cory. It will be slick.

I spoke with our media guy for the fireworks last week. He said it is still a go for them to be shot off the roof July 4th. 7/4/08 @9:47pm (WFBQ 94.7 FM is a sponsor).
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Old April 10th, 2008, 06:29 AM   #216
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I still can't wait to see what this will look like at night. The LCD at the top shoulkd be very cool looking.
LCD at the top?
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Old April 11th, 2008, 04:26 AM   #217
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i have to second that question. Are the panels on the north and south facades at the top both LCDs? Otherwise I don't see where one could be.
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Old April 12th, 2008, 04:51 AM   #218
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if you remeber the way the top used to be. There was a blue light that lined the roof. Now in it's wake the top will be crowned with LED lighting. There is a building in Minneapolis that has this I remeber a member at SSP mentioning this). The sides of the roof are being raised to accomodate this.
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Old April 12th, 2008, 01:54 PM   #219
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Tower dispute erupts
One Indiana Square owner sues insurer over storm-damage repairs
Sat. April 12 - 2008

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The owners of a downtown skyscraper badly damaged in a 2006 storm are suing their insurance company after it halted payments on a fašade-replacement project.

The suit, filed April 1, accuses the insurance company of a “bad faith” attempt to avoid paying for repairs to the 36-story One Indiana Square building at the northeast corner of Pennsylvania and Ohio streets.

The building owner, One Indiana Square Associates LLC, is facing off with locally based Federal Insurance Co., which is part of Chubb Group of Warren, N.J. The insurance policy was sold by locally based Gregory & Appel Inc., and included quarterly premium payments of roughly $36,000 and “replacement cost” coverage up to $120 million.

The lawsuit does not provide a price estimate for the repairs, but an outside expert says the cost likely will exceed $30 million.

Large property claims often end up in litigation that is later settled outside of court, said Joe Belth, professor emeritus of insurance at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and editor of The Insurance Forum, a monthly newsletter.

“These are complex insurance contracts,” Belth said. “There’s plenty of room for dispute.”

One of Belth’s recent newsletters included an article co-written by Richard E. Stewart, a former superintendent of insurance in New York and former chief financial officer of Chubb Group, the defendant in the One Indiana Square lawsuit.

Stewart’s article says insurers have developed a habit of delaying claims and resisting payment—moves that disrupt the sense of confidence buyers of property liability insurance used to have in their policies.

“From an insurer’s point of view, denying coverage for large claims has become an effective, perhaps even necessary, competitive strategy,” Stewart wrote. “From a policy-holder’s point of view, the cost of collection has gone way up and reliability has gone way down.”

A settlement is likely in the One Indiana Square case since both parties are “reasonable,” said Charlie Vaught, a claims advocate with Gregory & Appel Inc. who has been working to resolve the dispute.

“There’s plenty of coverage and it’s the appropriate coverage,” Vaught said of the policy his firm sold to the building owners. “The dispute over what’s covered is between the owners and the carrier.”

Todd Maurer, president of Indianapolis-based Halakar Real Estate, which manages the tower, declined to comment on the litigation. Chubb had not filed a response to the lawsuit and a spokesman did not return a phone message by IBJ’s deadline.

Maurer and his father, Michael S. Maurer, co-own the tower with local businessman Robert Schloss and Pittsburgh-based McKnight Group. Michael Maurer and Schloss also own IBJ Media, publisher of IBJ.

The lawsuit shows a dispute over the insurance claim began before the owners launched the renovation project last summer, after an April 2, 2006, storm blew out dozens of windows and forced the city to close nearby streets to protect motorists from falling debris. No one was injured, but the storm displaced more than 1,000 employees working in the building.

Two engineering firms, Cincinnati-based Fašade Forensics and New York-based Thornton Tomasetti, recommended in a May 2006 report that “overcladding”— replacing the building’s damaged fašade with a new glass-covered curtain wall — was the best and safest option for repair. The suit claims that at the time, Chubb had no objection to the plan.

But over the following months, the insurance company took a variety of new positions. The suit alleges that Chubb adjuster Steve Mortensen claimed at one point that “overcladding” wasn’t covered by the policy. A few months later he came back with an “outrageously low” repair estimate, then a few months later claimed Chubb had the option to do the repairs itself.

In January 2007, Chubb put forward a new plan by engineer Jim Weithorn—a consultant the insurance industry “had been using to avoid paying claims submitted by victims of Hurricane Katrina” by claiming the hurricane itself didn’t cause the damage, the lawsuit says.

The state’s building commissioner determined that Weithorn’s plan—which called for retrofitting non-matching pieces of wall—would be in violation of the building code.

Despite the lawsuit, work continues on the skyscraper’s new fašade. Completion of the project is expected in about a year. •
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Old April 12th, 2008, 08:39 PM   #220
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if you remeber the way the top used to be. There was a blue light that lined the roof. Now in it's wake the top will be crowned with LED lighting. There is a building in Minneapolis that has this I remeber a member at SSP mentioning this). The sides of the roof are being raised to accomodate this.
oh, LED. that is a lot different than LCD. I thought maybe they were gonna put some kind of screen on the top of the building...
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