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.

Fulton Market demolitions clear the way for 167 Green Street

Demolition for 167 Green Street

170 North Halsted is gone; 172 will join it soon.

Heneghan Wrecking is doing what they do out in the West Loop, making space for another venture from the team that brought us The Parker Fulton Market right across the street.

167 Green Street demolitions

The facade of 172 N. Halsted was still mostly intact as of Saturday.

Shapack Partners and Focus Development, along with Walton Street Capital (that’s their name on the demo permit, not to mention the old “176 N. Halsted” signage) are building 167 Green Street, a 17-story office building designed by Gensler. To make room for the tower, buildings at 171 North Green Street and 170-172 North Halsted are being demolished. (167 Green is already gone; half of 170 is rubble as well, with only the north half of the building, 172 North Halsted, still standing as of Saturday.)

167 Green Street will deliver nearly 600,00 rentable square feet when it opens to office tenants in 2020. It will also include more than 30,000 square feet of retail space and parking for 130 or so cars. As an added feature, a pedestrian walkway accessing the retail spaces will connect Green Street to Halsted Street along the building’s street level.

As they did at The Parker, Focus Development will pull double duty on this one, acting as general contractor in addition to their co-developer role.

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.

The GR333N-ing of the Fulton Market District continues

GR333N 333 North Green June 2018

Looking across the tracks at 333 North Green.

Office buildings are a big deal in the West Loop these days. No longer confined to The Loop, Chicago’s professional palaces are sprawling out to other neighborhoods now, and the West Loop leads the way. Not surprising, as this part of town seems to be out in front of most every aspect of development.

We’re keeping a close eye on 333 North Green, or GR333N as it’s been dubbed, partly because it’s cool to look down on Power Construction at work from up on the Halsted Street Bridge. One of Sterling Bay’s recent additions to West Towns office-building portfolio, 333 North Green will be 19 stories tall and contain 555,000 square feet of office space.

We took a stroll past the site last week, and can offer you these views of progress:

It’s a Caisson Fest at 110 North Wacker

110 North Wacker caissons June 2018

Picture yourself, on a rebarge, by the river.

There’s something you should know about ongoing caisson work at 110 North Wacker.

Case Foundation is doing the dirty work at The Loop construction site. They have a crew on a barge making the rebar cages that will be sunk into the ground to reinforce the caissons. You know what that means?

They’re using a REBARGE! Sorry, not sorry.

Clark Construction is the GC on this one. They’re tasked with getting the Goettsch Partners-designed office tower to rise to its 54-story goal.

One more thing you should know is that caisson work along the river is very photogenic. Especially on a bridge-lift day. Have a look for yourself in the gallery below.

 

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.

 

 

Progress Update: The Banner Waves at Twelve01West in the West Loop

Twelve01West June 2018

Twelve01West flying The Colors on Memorial Day.

Twelve01West,  the new seven-story office building at 1201 West Lake Street from McCaffery Interests, is rising above street level out in the West Loop. W.E. O’Neil not only has the site all dressed up in the typical oranges and reds of construction material, but also had the Stars and Stripes draped over the top of the core, waving in the hot Memorial Day weekend breeze. Have a look: