Renelle on the River is topped out and ready for glass

Renelle on the River went up in a hurry. Now, it’s topped out, and without any glazing yet, it looks kinda skeleton-like. But that will change soon, as McHugh Construction focuses on getting the outer skin installed and interior work begins. (Then again, maybe that’s what they’re calling an “open floor plan” these days. No windows, no cladding, just you and the elements and your living room.)  The bKl Architecture design brings 50 new condos to the River North neighborhood across 18 stories.

A sunny day at Wolf Point East

You already know all there is to know about the Wolf Point East particulars. So here, enjoy a gallery of The Big Green W hard at work on a sunny April Thursday.

Three Sixty West gets in on the tower crane fun

It is the absolute newest tower crane to hit the Chicago skyline, so it’s no wonder developer Belgravia Group tweeted about it last week.

Belgravia is building Three Sixty West at 360 West Erie Street in River North. Formerly the site of the impressively-decked Citizen Bar, and one of those ever-popular surface parking lots, the site will soon be home to the GREC Architects-designed 11-story, 38-unit condominium tower. Condo delivery is expected in early 2019.

Three Sixty West marks the official entry onto our Chicago Tower Crane Survey for Maris Construction. We’ve documented Maris Constgruction’s work on CA Washington in the West Loop, but that gig didn’t require a Big Rig. This one does, so welcome, Maris!

The Three Sixty West website has a section dedicated to Tower Crane Arrival Day. If that’s not enough to make you want to live here, you’re not living at all.

 

 

56 West Huron will do just fine without a tower crane, thank you very much

56 West Huron March 2018

56 West Huron rises in River North, sans tower crane. 

I normally assume a 13-story residential tower will require the use of a tower crane. Eight stories is where I picture an imaginary line when a crane decision has to be made. So I expected months ago to see a permit come through for a tower crane foundation at 56 West Huron in River North. I’m still waiting; Gilbane Building Company, however, is not. They’re making great progress with a humble, albeit pretty & yellow, rolling crane.

56 West Huron is a project from Kiferbaum Development Group. Designed by Studio Dwell, the tower will include 10 full-floor condominiums, plus one duplex penthouse unit topping them off. Completion is anticipated in Fall 2018.

The following gallery includes progress photos taken this month, as well as in February, with the march photos first. Do not be confused; this tower is not being disassembled.

 

Stalking the Big Green W at Wolf Point East

Wolf Point East March 2018

Wolf Point East construction is great theater.

To be clear, I’m not the only one out at Wolf Point East staring down into the construction pit. And some (looking at you, Sun-Times) have just as much fun watching the watchers as they do watching the work.

So it’s just about time for another round of photos, as Walsh Construction continues working below grade on the future 60-story tower along the Chicago River.

 

Wolf Point East is allowed to go big

Wolf Point East

Sorry folks, site’s closed. The moose out front should have told ya.

Monday, we shared a few photos of the construction pit at Wolf Point East. We then walked by the site Tuesday, just to confirm it was pouring down rain and no one was working. Little did we know that at the very moment we were there (maybe) the City of Chicago was issuing the $350,000,000.00 permit that allows Walsh Construction to build beyond the ground floor, all the way up to the top of the 60th floor.

Wolf Point East

The full-build permit for Wolf Point East, issued Tuesday, February 20, 2018.

Wolf Point East

The shiny yellow tower crane stands tall above Wolf Point East during Tuesday’s gloomy weather.

Looking down at Wolf Point East going up

The fascinating construction pit that is Wolf Point East.

Let me tell you what I know about what’s going on down in the pit that is the Wolf Point East construction site.

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Okay, I have no idea what’s going on down there. But I do know there are a whole bunch of people doing a whole bunch of stuff, and it’s fascinating to watch. The best I can do, instead of confusing us all with words, is to let you see a few photos of The Big Green W at work.