There’s steel making progress at CA6

Sorry, that should read “They’re still making progress at CA6.” Pardon my typing.

Anyway, I snapped a couple shots Monday as work continues on this eight-story, 72-unit condo building from Belgravia Group.

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Stuff That’s Done (In Milwaukee): The Milwaukee Bucks’ new home, Fiserv Forum

Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee

Look, I’m not posting this now in the hopes of scoring free Playoff tickets. Honest, I’m not. That I hadn’t been in Milwaukee in four years is purely coincidental. But anyway, good job by the Bucks in Game 3 after looking like they might be future venison steaks on the roof rack of a station wagon after that Game 2 horror.

Fiserv Forum was called the Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center when I last stopped by, in July 2017.

Fiserv Forum is a design by Populous, the Kansas City-based architecture firm known in Chicago for its work on Guaranteed Rate Field and the United Center. They were assisted in the design work by Eppstein Uhen Architects and HNTB Corporation. The M.A. Mortenson Company was the general contractor.

The Forum opened in August 2018. It’s predecessor, the Bradley Center, was demolished soon after. That site remains empty now, but I doubt it’ll remain that way for long.

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Caisson work has begun at the Plumbers Union 130 parking garage

W.E. O’Neil Construction and Michels Corporation are sending caissons into the West Loop soil for the seven-story parking garage at the Plumbers Local 130 facility. The permit to begin was issued May 14.

Now I know some of you aren’t huge parking garage fans, but this one is requiring a tower crane, so there’s a nice trade-off here. (I’m told not to expect said tower crane until July.)

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End-of-May update of what remains at ADM mill and silos

I admit to a morbid fascination in watching demolition. And a little bit of guilt, as if I’m violating personal space by seeing, and photographing, anything so laid open and exposed.

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Four demolition permits clear the way for Madison+Carpenter

Demolition fencing was set up May 11.

Thursday, the City of Chicago issued four demolition permits for the 1000 block of West Madison Street in the West Loop. Those four lots — 1032, 1034, 1040, and 1044 — will soon see construction begin on Madison+Carpenter,

Madison+Carpenter will be a six-story condominium building from ZSD Corp. They’re wrapping up work on another condo development, Peoria Green, just a couple blocks away. Sullivan Goulette & Wilson is the design firm. They’re part of the Peoria Green team as well. We’re also watching progress on their design at CA6 in the West Loop.

Precision Excavation will do the dirty work. I’ve been watching them tear apart the former Chase Bank at RaveLaw.

61 West Erie rising in River North

What was once to be a humble 10-story condominium building (I thought at some point it was to be a hotel, too) at 61 West Erie in River North is now a 5-story apartment building, and it’s construction is underway.

LG Development is developing and building the design by Jonathan Splitt Architects. It will deliver 28 units and two parking spots when complete, with ground-floor retail space. LG plans an opening before the end of the year.

Enjoy a bit of a timeline in photos, starting with the empty lot back in March of last year.

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1200 West Carroll is coming even sooner than we thought

Heneghan Wrecking is making short work of 1212 West Carroll, et al.

Single-story structures stand no chance when they’re in the way of progress. Don’t believe me? Ask the old Midtown Transfer complex in the Fulton Market District. We just found out last week Sterling Bay plans to develop 1200 West Carroll on this site, and Heneghan Wrecking has already accomplished a majority of the demolition work, even as they batter away at the ADM Milling Company office building and silos a block west. Let’s get that rubble hauled outta here and get started on construction.

Side note: It’s tough to see any project in the Fulton Market District without spotting another one in the background. You can see ADM demolition and Fulton Labs in the backgrounds of these 1200 West Carroll demo photos.

It looked like this just last week.

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First Visit (since demolition started): 1400 Monroe

1400 Monroe rising across from Skinner Park. The goal (heh . . . goal) is to fill it with 42 condos.

It’s been a long time since we dropped by 1400 West Monroe out in the West Loop. Demolition of the former Jefferson Park Hospital had just begun in February of 2020, clearing the way for a new condominium building from JK Equities.

1400 Monroe already has its seven stories; still to come are the 42 condos within. Designed by Booth Hansen, the building sits directly across the street from Skinner Park. The general contractor is Summit Design + Build.

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RaveLaw demolition commenceth

Several months ago, I went to Chase Bank’s ATM at Ravenswood & Wolcott and transferred all my money from the old bank to the newly-completed branch next door. And it’s a good thing I did, because that old building started coming down yesterday.

That’s Precision Excavation out there doing the dirty work. If you still have money in this branch, they’ve probably found it by now. Sorry.

Once the dust and rubble clear, construction can begin on Ravenswood and Lawrence. But the cool kids (me) are calling it RaveLaw.

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Low and slow is the way to go as early CA6 construction continues

Maris Construction is busy erecting CA6, an eight-story, 72-unit condo building from Belgravia Group on the West Loop corner of Racine and Jackson. We went by last week so see what’s cookin’, on what is a deceptively-large lot. Foundation work is ongoing, even as excavation at the north end of the lot continues.