At long last, The Loop has a tower crane again, courtesy of 145 South Wells

 

145 South Wells tower crane

Chicago’s newest tower crane is at 145 South Wells. And it’s a shiny yellow one!

The 20-story office tower Moceri + Roszak is building at 145 South Wells has erected The Loop’s first tower crane since we waved bye-bye to the sidewalk-hovering iron beast at 151 North Franklin more than a year ago. Now the real fun begins for Clark Construction, what with the crane being operational and caissons having been sunk into the earth. That means it’s time for some verticality at 145 South Wells.

Do what you do, shiny yellow crane.

145 South Wells has planted a tower crane, which should be blossoming any minute now

145 South Wells tower crane stub

The tower crane stub (and wading pool?) is ready to go at 145 South Wells.

Today is expected to be the first day of assemblage for the tower crane at 145 South Wells, the 20-story boutique office tower Clark Construction is building for Moceri + Roszak in The Loop. We’ve waited a long time for a tower crane in what amounts to Chicago’s Central Business District. (We don’t call it that here, but I’ve always liked the way that sounds. Lots of other cities use it; why not us? Is it like putting ketchup on a hot dog? Doing the wave at Wrigley? Riding a bike on the sidewalk? Oh wait…everyone does that here.)

So here’s a quick look at that stub before it becomes a full-grown tower crane.

A few more from The Cooper at Southbank

The Cooper at Southbank Park

Southbank Park is claiming some of the Chicago River.

The Cooper at Southbank is fast approaching its Fall 2018 opening. Last week we told you about the new name for the apartment tower in Lendlease’s also-newly-named Southbank development. We took another walk around the site Wednesday to see the tower, as well as continued work on the grounds that will become Southbank Park.

The two towers of The Lincoln Common continue their race to the top

The Lincoln Common June 2018

The Lincoln Common’s two towers near topping out in Lincoln Park.

If my math is correct, I see towers of 18 and 19 stories at The Lincoln Common. Both those numbers are very close to 20, which is what we were expecting on the former Children’s Memorial Hospital site in Lincoln Park.

And it’s not just those two towers W.E. O’Neil is hard at work constructing. Belmont Village across Fullerton has started shooting upwards, 2380 North Lincoln (the old White Elephant shop) is getting some much-needed attention (finally!) and the six-story retail & office building at 2350 North Lincoln has risen fast. Heck, even the parking garage next to that is having work done. These are a busy couple of blocks in Lincoln Park.

With caisson work complete, it’s time for Toyoko Inn Chicago to begin construction

Toyoko Inn Chicago June 2018

There’s a kind of hush over the Toyoko Inn Chicago site, now that caisson work has wrapped up.

Things have gone eerily silent at 320 South Clinton in the South Loop. But that’s a good thing. It means caissons are complete for the Toyoko Inn Chicago, and now we’re just waiting for the next wave of construction equipment to take over the lot.

We got a few more shots of Stalworth Underground’s caisson work at the end of May, before returning to the site this week to find the barren lot. Soon, the Toyoko Inn Chicago can start shooting up toward its 24-story goal.

145 South Wells digs in for the long haul

Caissons are as done as caissons get at 145 South Wells, and now it’s time to start getting foundation work started. Which is exactly what’s going on this very minute in The Loop at Wells and Adams. Soon, this former parking garage site will start going vertical with Moceri + Roszak’s 20-story office tower.

We’re eagerly anticipating The Loop’s next tower crane, as it’s been a while since we’ve seen one in the heart of downtown. Then Clark Construction can start sending this tower skyward.

Speaking of not having tower cranes in The Loop, it’s been some time since we’ve seen Clark Construction with one of their own in the air. But suddenly, they’re about to have a glut of them. 145 South Wells got a permit for one on May 11, 110 North Wacker will require one, and the two buildings just getting started at 1415 South Wabash will be in need as well. Congrats, Clark! You’re about to have 3 cranes in the skyline!

Here are a few more caisson photos from Case Foundation’s work at the end of May, and a couple showing work on once-again-barren lot, as digging commenceth.

 

 

The Chicago River’s south bank has a new neighborhood: Southbank

Southbank

Southbank, created by Lendlease.

It’s been so long since I’ve visited this development, it’s changed names. Twice.

Southbank is the new moniker for the Lendlease’s multi-phase project along the South Bank of the Chicago River. Formerly Riverline, the name was changed when co-developer CMK Companies split off, and the development was divided into north and south portions. (The Chicago Architecture Blog explained it here.)

The first tower of Southbank began with the name Ancora, and as we suspected would happen, that tower has been renamed as well, now officially going by The Cooper. (You can see the entire press release from Lendlease following the photo gallery of life as it currently exists at Southbank.)

The Cooper is topped out, glassed up, and having major interior work done. And while it gets ready for residents, site work is being done on the ground around it, so when folks start moving in, they’ll have more than just a dirt lot surrounding them. In April, a permit was issued allowing for “NEW CONCRETE RETAINING WALLS, ELEVATED WOOD WALKWAY ON WOOD PILES, DRINKING FOUNTAINS, WATER FEATURE, PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT, 4FT HIGH METAL FENCE, GUARDRAILS & LANDSCAPING.” (The city always uses CAPS for permits. Sorry.)

Hopefully soon we’ll see a permit to get the second tower started.

Lendlease Announces First Multi-Family Development
in Chicago – The Cooper at Southbank
The Cooper is the first of five high-rise residential buildings opening
Fall 2018 at Southbank.
(CHICAGO, IL, May 29, 2018) — Lendlease, a leading international property and infrastructure
group, is proud to announce The Cooper as the developer’s first of five residential high-rises to
open at Southbank in Chicago’s South Loop.
Southbank, which was unveiled earlier this month, is a new neighborhood spanning more than
seven acres in the South Loop of Chicago, which is zoned to offer as many as 2,700 units
across five high-rises surrounding a two-acre park. Construction is well underway, and The
Cooper will begin pre-leasing this Summer.
Residents at The Cooper will benefit from a robust amenity package including over 11,000 square
feet of communal activity space equipped with a personal training gym with Peloton bikes, a
maker space, a high-end rooftop demonstration kitchen, a fully equipped music listening and jam
room and a separate virtual sports simulation room. The Cooper features a must have, spacious
exterior rooftop pool deck complete with private cabanas, a bocce ball court, and an outdoor
screening room. At 29-stories tall, The Cooper offers stunning panoramic views of the lake and
downtown.
“The unique and best-in-class amenities at The Cooper provide residents with endless
opportunities for inspiration,” said Justin Patwin, Project Director – Southbank, Lendlease. “The
addition of Southbank Park will be another amenity to the entire community that will further
demonstrate Lendlease’s commitment to delivering the best places.”
The Cooper, which is managed by Bozzuto, is composed of 452 rental units, including 26 townhomes,
parking and retail space. The units range from a mix of studio, one-, two-, and threebedrooms,
townhome and penthouse living options. The 26 townhomes line the base of the
building and have direct access from the park.
The Cooper at Southbank will be adjacent to the new Southbank Park. Southbank Park will
include open green space with recreational amenities and a continuous Riverwalk along the
South Branch of the Chicago River. A new water taxi stop at the south end of the property will
connect the property to Chinatown and The Loop. Southbank is within walking distance from The
Loop, lakefront, and several CTA stops, offering easy access to the city’s parks, trails and
museums.
Not only do The Cooper residents have easy access to Southbank’s blossoming landscape to
support their mental health and promote physical activity, but their wellbeing is also supported by
the sustainability measures inside their residence.
Consistent with Lendlease’s commitment to sustainable development, The Cooper is targeting
LEED Gold Certification. Lendlease’s extensive sustainable construction best practices in
material procurement, construction waste management, environmental safeguards and indoor air
quality protection also contribute to the project’s validation of the delivery of a healthy, highperforming
building.
For more information on The Cooper, please visit the newly launched website:
http://www.thecoopersouthbank.com.

 

For additional information, contact:
John DeLibero
Director of Public Relations
212 592 6895
John.Delibero@lendlease.com

 

Carleigh Thalmann
Skirt Public Relations
773 661 0700
cthalmann@skirtpr.com

 

About Lendlease:
Lendlease is a leading international property and infrastructure group with operations in
Australia, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Our vision is to create the best places; places that
inspire and enrich the lives of people around the world.
Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, and listed on the Australian Securities Exchange,
Lendlease has approximately 12,350 employees internationally.
Our core capabilities are reflected in our operating segments of Development, Construction and
Investments. The combination of these three segments provides us with a sustainable
competitive advantage and allows us to provide innovative integrated solutions for our
customers.
http://www.lendlease.com

 

About Bozzuto
The Bozzuto Group is an experience-focused real estate company that is continually celebrated
for its developments, customer service and workplace culture. With an expertise in
homebuilding, multifamily development, construction and management for itself and its clients,
Bozzuto is devoted to crafting extraordinary experiences.
Founded in 1988, Bozzuto has developed, acquired and built more than 42,000 homes and
apartments. Currently, it manages more than 70,000 apartments and 2.2 million square feet of
retail space along the East Coast between Miami and Boston, in the Northeast and
Chicago. http://www.bozzuto.com