Milieu plants a tower crane stub amidst caisson work

Milieu June 2018

That’s a fresh tower crane stub at Milieu in the West Loop.

Even as Stalworth Underground continues caisson work at Milieu (205 South Peoria) in the West Loop, something even more exciting has taken over the lot: Power Construction has evened out their tower-crane count after taking down the rig at the Hoxton Chicago by planting a stub on this site.

The Power Crane permit was issued Tuesday the 5th; they wasted no time getting that stub in place. Now, progress on the FitzGerald-designed 19-story, 275-unit apartment building can start going vertical immediately after caisson works wraps up. Yes, the West Loop is going to remain a very busy construction hub for quite some time.

210 North Carpenter drops its tower crane

210 North Carpenter crane removal

A train goes by as a crane goes bye-bye at 210 North Carpenter.

“Why is that big tall street crane in my shot?” I said to myself as I aimed the camera over the Chicago River into the West Loop. I knew I was looking at tower cranes from the Hoxton Chicago hotel and 210 North Carpenter, but couldn’t figure out what construction site I had missed that would have such a big crane. Then I zoomed in. Noticed the people up on top of the more distant crane. And realized 210 North Carpenter was, in fact, on its way down.

210 North Carpenter crane removal

See? Those are people up there, removing the counterweights from the counterjib.

I had just been in the West Loop earlier in the day, and that street crane wasn’t erected yet. So this came as a surprise. Plus, it meant I had to walk all the way back over there to check things out. Central Contractors Service was on site with GC Leopardo Companies and concrete contractor Adjustable Forms starting to dismantle Manitowoc MD485 (don’t be impressed; I copied that info from the permit.) Leopardo is now one step closer to finishing their new headquarters.

***Whilst in the area of the West Loop Saturday, I stopped at the new McDonald’s HQ and had a go at those new Australian bacon-cheese fries everyone’s been talking about. I suggest you try them.

Lendlease drops the tower crane at 1101 South Wabash

1101 South Wabash crane removal

The tower crane sinks below the top of the 2 Hiltons in the South Loop. You know that means doom.

The Hilton Homewood Suites and Hilton Garden Inn aren’t finished yet, but the tower crane is. We got word last week that the tower crane would be removed any day now, and sure enough, crews from Central Contractors Service, Lendlease, and Pepper Construction (as the concrete contractor, it’s technically their crane) were out there Sunday, taking sections down and hauling them off the site.

There remains quite a bit of work to do to make this tower a hotel. Or two. But now the heavy lifting will be up to the skip hoist.

Renelle on the River drops its tower crane

Renelle on the River crane removal

Is a tower crane still a tower crane if only the cab remains on the tower? I think not.

It was only November when Renelle on the River made news by erecting Chicago’s 60th tower crane of 2017. It took McHugh Construction and that tower crane just six months to erect the 18-story bKL Architecture design that will soon contain 50 of the city’s newest, nicest condominiums. last week, it came down.

Don’t worry though, there’s still a lot of work to be done here. Only one level of curtain wall has been installed so far, so we’ll have that to watch before all that’s left to do is interior work on those 50 condos.

You can remove a whole mess ‘o tower cranes from the official survey

Chicago had three tower cranes in various stages of removal over the weekend, while one–at UIC’s Harrison Hall–was already gone completely.

Hilton Hotels South Loop

The luffing crane at 1101 South Wabash has done all it can do for the two new Hilton Hotels.

In the South Loop, the crane Lendlease is using to build the Homewood Hilton Suites/Hilton Garden Inn combo at 1101 South Wabash has just sunk below the top of the tower.

Renelle on the River

A look at Saturday’s Renelle on the River tower-crane removal exercises.

In River North, McHugh Construction took down the tower crane that erected Renelle on the River in a big dang hurry.

210 North Carpenter

Yep, that’s a human atop the tower crane jib at 210 North Carpenter, as it’s removed from the site.

And in the West Loop, Leopardo Companies moved one step closer to completing their new headquarters by taking down the tower crane at 210 North Carpenter.

UIC Harrison Hall

Harrison Hall’s tower crane at UIC was already down before the weekend began.

There you have it. Four of the tower cranes listed on our May 2018 Survey that are now gone from the skyline.

Okay……*now* the tower crane at Hyatt House is ready….

Hyatt House West Loop tower crane assembly

The tower crane at Hyatt House West Loop, as it neared completion Thursday.

Perhaps I jumped the gun by including the tower crane at Hyatt House West Loop as an “in-service” crane in last week’s post. There may have been a glitch in set-up, as the cab was set atop the tower on Tuesday, but by evening it had been removed. No worries though, as Thursday saw completion.

It’s not often I visit a construction site twice just to see the tower crane go up, but I did for this one. So enjoy two galleries comprised of way more photos than you’ll ever need of tower crane assembly at Hyatt House West Loop.

Tuesday:

Thursday:

145 South Wells will soon add a tower crane to The Loop

145 South Wells May 2018

Case Foundation has moved their equipment onto the 145 South Wells construction site.

We figured 145 South Wells would be the first project stepping up to fill the tower crane void in The Loop. Hard to believe, but it’s been more than a year since The Loop’s last tower crane, at 151 North Franklin, came down from the sky. The only other potential candidate to put one up is 110 North Wacker, but we won’t see a tower crane there for some time yet. But this¬†20-story office tower from Moceri + Roszak should get the job done very soon.

145 South Wells received a foundation permit from the City of Chicago back in November of last year. And then last week, it got a tower crane permit. Case Foundation let us know a few weeks ago that caisson work would get started here soon, and sure enough, they’ve moved foundation equipment onto the site.

The new tower is a design by Thomas Roszak Architecture, who also designed the tower-crane-worthy LINEA Apartments at 215 West Lake Street. Clark Construction will serve as general contractor.

If you’re wondering where Clark has been in the Chicago Tower Crane Survey, 145 South Wells marks their return to our list, with their most recent entry being at 8 East Huron in River North. (You may also see Adjustable Forms markings on this crane. They’re serving as the masonry contractor, and that usually means they are responsible for the tower crane.)