Luis Monroy, Project Engineer at 625 West Adams, discusses all things tower crane with Emily East and Rashad Young. All three work for Power Construction.
A huge thank you to Luis Monroy and Power Construction, who led me on a hard-hat tour of 625 West Adams on Wednesday. Power topped out the SCB-designed office tower back on May 22. Now, cladding is being installed and has reached the 11th-floor terrace.
Come take a walk with me.
The bracing you see in the photo above (also visible in the top photo) is part of the tie-off reinforcement for the tower crane. The steel braces run from the crane to the core.
Remember the oculus I’ve been showing you on the 19th-floor terrace? We’re now looking at it from eye-level, way off in the corner. This is taken on the 21st (penthouse) floor. Yes, it’s a 20-story tower with a penthouse for a mechanical floor.
This is Eddie. Eddie is a master at hanging glass panels. You can watch him work in the time-lapse video below.
Luis, Emily, and Rashad standing out on the soon-to-be terrace of the 19th floor. Behind them, the inverted tripod that supports the oculus. You may also notice the Sears Tower.
More from the 21st floor.
21st floor looking east.
21st floor looking south.
21st floor looking north toward the B.U.C. HQ.
21st floor looking west.
Looking out toward the 11th-floor terrace.
The 11th-floor terrace.
A terrace I didn’t know about. This one is on the 7th floor, on the south elevation of the tower. The rebar surrounds what will be planters.
Old St. Patrick’s Church.
I was close enough to the tower crane to climb it. I did not.
The top of the ramp leading to the 6th floor, the last level of parking.
These stairs go up.
These stairs go down.
The ceiling, for now, of the lobby. The lobby ceiling will be about 25 feet high.
The lobby at ground level.
The sun came out after the tour was finished. Thanks a lot, sun. \
And thank you for joining me.