360 North Green plants a tower crane

The tower crane base is set at 360 North Green.

360 North Green isn’t wasting any time. When last I climbed Halsted Street to check out construction progress, just 10 days ago, caissons were going full bore. Now, I go by again and not only are caissons done, but there’s a giant excavation underway, and, most importantly, the tower crane base has been planted near the northeast corner of the construction site. And as you know, we have some tower cranes to replace in the sky.

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360 North Green digs in to Fulton Market

A rendering of Sterling Bay’s 360 North Green

Back off.

That’s what you need to do sometimes. Let me explain.

Ever since Sterling Bay started tearing up the surface parking lot at Green and Kinzie Streets in the Fulton Market District, I’ve been trying to get up close enough to get a good view of what’s going on. But fences, my own personal lack of elevation, and a deep sense pf respect for the working man’s personal space hasn’t allowed for much spectatorship. So I backed off. And voila! An excellent view.

Sterling Bay and Power Construction are building 360 North Green here, a 24-story, 500,000-square-foot office tower designed by Gensler. Scheduled for completion in 2024, the building will include 5,400 square feet of retail space at ground level, parking for 92 cars on the second and third floors, a fourth-floor amenity suite including 5,000 square feet of outdoor space, a fitness studio, lounge, game room, and bar. Geez, I want to live here.

From Sterling Bay’s digital brochure, a rendering of the fourth-floor outdoor space. Wow.

Mostly from a distance, here are some caisson progress shots, as Power and Stalworth Underground get started on 360 North Green, taken August 17. Thank you, Halsted Street.

ALLY at 1229 W Concord glasses up the joint

That shiny, reflective stuff that’s begun to appear on the skin of ALLY at 1229 W Concord? That’s glass. Curtain wall. Cladding. Call it what you will, but it’s great to see, ain’t it?

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ALLY at 1229 W Concord makes its presence known along the Chicago River

ALLY at 1229 W Concord on the rise along the Chicago River

ALLY at 1229 W Concord, Sterling Bay’s life sciences development (it’s at 1229 W Concord, as you may have already figured out) has reached full height. Next milestone is to wrap that bay up in glass and let it shine along the North Branch of the Chicago River.

Sunday wasn’t my first visit to ALLY; I stopped by as they were erecting the tower crane on November 9 of last year, but I’ll be darned if I haven’t lost all the photos from that day, save for a couple of them I tweeted.

ALLY at 1229 W Concord is a design by Gensler, with Power Construction acting as the general contractor and Adjustable Concrete Construction on concrete. It’s the first of lots more to come at Lincoln Yards, which should keep us construction nerds entertained for a long, long time. The nine-story, 280,000-square-foot facility will include seven lab floors and lower-level parking for 55 cars. Expect delivery next year.

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Demolition about to begin at 1200 West Carroll for Sterling Bay office building

A demolition permit was issued Thursday, May 13 for 1212 West Carroll. Coming down will be a metal building at the corner of Carroll and Racine, as well as a brick structure to its west. They comprise what used to be the Midtown Transfer facility. Heneghan Wrecking, already busy a block away with the AMD Milling Company demolition, is wasting no time, having already set up demo fencing around the perimeter, as you’ll see in the photos below.

Going up will be another West Loop office project from Sterling Bay. 1200 West Carroll will be a 14-story, 485,000-square-foot Class A office building designed by Gensler. You can learn all you’ll ever need to know by following this Urbanize Chicago link, or see what Sterling Bay themselves have to say about 1200 West Carroll here:

1200 West Carroll is a 484,617 SF new construction, Class A office building on the west end of Fulton Market. Featuring elevated architecture, smart design, and reimagined offices and amenities, 1200W sets a new office standard in one of Chicago’s most dynamic submarkets. 1200W presents a unique opportunity for forward-thinking companies seeking sophistication and excitement, both in and around the building. Enjoy unparalleled access to the places and spaces you need to enhance employee satisfaction and productivity and take your business to the next level.

As our world adapts to a new normal, a new way of working, 1200 West Carroll rises to a new standard in wellness and sustainability. This shift presents a valuable new opportunity to re-think the value our building can provide – for our tenants, our community, our city, and the world.

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167 Green Street drops its 2nd tower crane

The Banner waves as the West Tower Crane at 167 Green Street comes down.

With the removal of the second tower crane from 167 Green Street, Chicago now has no two-crane construction sites. There are a pair of three-crane jobs of course, at One Chicago Square and Cirrus/Cascade, but no pairs.

McDonald’s, Vista Tower, One Bennett Park, NEMA Chicago, Woodlawn Commons, and The Lincoln Common all recently utilized the double-tower-crane method to get stuff done. Now, 167 Green Street joins that list of completed missions.

Sunday, I took a quick walk around the West Loop site for one last look at the red Manitowoc MR608, affectionately known as West Crane, as crews worked on bringing it back to earth.

167 Green Street progresses, lands a tenant

167 Green Street, designed by Gensler.

Friday, Crain’s Chicago reported about a new tenant leaving The Loop for 167 Green Street in the West Loop. We thought we’d share that news with you, as it provides a nice segue into updating construction progress on the new 17-story office tower from Shapack Partners.

Stuff That’s Done: 333 North Green

333 North Green stands ready to welcome its first office tenants.

It’s just about time to fling open the doors at GR333N.

The 19-story, 555,000-square-foot office tower 333 North Green has completed construction, and the first tenants are expected to move in within the next several weeks, according to developer Sterling Bay. One of those tenants will be Sterling Bay itself, which confirmed to Crain’s Chicago in November that it will take up residence in its new building.

333 North Green is a design by Gensler. Power Construction (new website!) is the GC.

 

167 Green Street giveth, 167 Green Street taketh away

Glass is in session at 167 Green Street in the West Loop.

167 Green Street in the West Loop is a cool construction site, and I’ve missed most of

The remaining tower crane has a very important job: putting the moon up every evening.

it. It endeared itself to me by erecting a pair of tower cranes, and you know how appreciative I am of that effort. Alas, half of all good things must end, and 167 Green Street has taken down one of the luffing cranes from the job site.

However, it’s given something as well, in the form of the first row of glass around the outside of the tower. And ya still have one tower crane remaining, so there’s still a lot to watch here.

Built by the same team that brought us The Parker Fulton Market on the southeast corner of Lake and Halsted, 167 Green Street is a 17-story, 750,000-square-foot office tower at the corners of Lake and Halsted streets, and Lake and Green streets. Yeah, it’s a big footprint. Developed by Shapack Partners, and built by Focus, there will be 600,000 square feet of office space, 30,000 square feet of retail space on the ground and 2nd floors, and 125 parking spaces. Gensler is the design architect.

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.