It’s time to go vertical, as the Hoxton Chicago erects a tower crane

Hoxton Chicago hotel tower crane

Chicago’s newest tower crane is at the Hoxton Chicago hotel in the West Loop.

The Hoxton Chicago hotel in the West Loop can start shooting upward toward its 12-story goal, now that Power Construction has installed a shiny new tower crane to do the heavy lifting. Power and Central Contractors Service spent most of the weekend putting up the Peiner SK-415 beauty on the lot at Lake and Green Streets in the ridiculously busy Fulton Market District.

The GREC-designed hotel got its tower crane permit from the City of Chicago back on August 4, so we had to wait awhile for this one. And, as usual, it was worth the wait.

With Haymarket Monument back in place, EMME gets ready to open at 165 North Desplaines (Updated)

EMME 165 North Desplaines

The Haymarket Monument is back home at 165 North Desplaines, where it will greet residents of EMME.

It was 165 North Desplaines for most of its formative months, but now the name is EMME, and crews are putting the finishing touches on the new apartment building from Gerding Edlen in preparation for its first residents. One has already moved back home; the Haymarket Monument, moved off site to Union Park for safe-keeping during construction, is back in place on the sidewalk near the corner of Desplaines and Randolph.

*** Sept 25: We hear from Greystar Real Estate Partners that EMME has, in fact, already welcomed its first residents, who started moving in September 16. ***

EMME is a 14-story, 199-unit project designed by GREC Architects and built by Power Construction. Units include studios, one-bed, and two-bedroom units, and features include a rooftop pool, fitness center, an outdoor grilling area and a chef’s kitchen, and two produce gardens.

One Bennett Park shines in the dark

Remember when we last visited One Bennett Park? Of course you do, because it was just last week. But that was during the day. (A sunny day; the best kind of day to see it.) This time, let’s check it out at night, which, before we know it, will be at about 4:30.

Sorry, I just depressed myself. Yay, Chicago winters.

 

One Bennett Park turns 50

One Bennett Park

From Grant Park, you can see the growth of One Bennett Park, now 50/69ths of the way up.

Related Midwest announced this week that One Bennett Park, their 69-story residential tower underway in the Streeterville neighborhood, has reached the 50th floor, nearly three-quarters of the way to its ultimate 69-story height. Chicago Architecture Blog had the press release yesterday.

One Bennett has been a marvel to watch, with all that yellow form work and blue wrapping. Dual tower cranes doesn’t hurt its curb appeal either. The joint design of Robert A.M. Stern Architects and GREC Architects brings a mix of 348 apartments and condominiums to town, slated to be ready for the moving vans in 2019,  plus a new public park (Bennett Park, of course.)

As appears to be today’s theme, Lendlease is the general contractor on this project.

And now, some distant views of One Bennett Park’s 50 floors of progress:

Another Power move in the West Loop, as the Hoxton Chicago plants its tower crane

 

Hoxton Chicago hotel tower crane stub

The Hoxton Chicago hotel got a tower crane stub on Friday.

On the heels of the crane planted last week at 900 West, Power Construction has struck again, this time planting a fresh tower crane stub for the Hoxton Chicago hotel. Permitted back on August 4, the stub was set into its foundation on Friday. No definitive word yet on when the rest of the crane will arrive, but expect it soon, even as foundation work continues.

Power is building the 12-story, 175-room hotel for developers Ennismore and Shapack Partners, and design architect GREC Architects. It’s expected to open in 2019. It will be the third U.S. Hoxton hotel, joining Manhattan, scheduled to open this fall, and Los Angeles, which opens next year.

Can you handle a slow-motion tower-crane stub drive-by?

Hoxton Chicago hotel scores a tower-crane permit amidst foundation work

As Chicago gets dangerously close to dipping below the 30-tower-crane plateau, some good news came in at the end of last week. Along with the second crane permit for the Lincoln Common project in Lincoln Park, Friday also saw the issuing of the tower-crane permit for the Hoxton Chicago hotel in the West Loop.

As you can see in the slow-motion pile-driving drive-by video above, Stalworth Underground continues foundation work on the 12-story, 175-room hotel from developers Ennismore and Shapack Partners, and design architect GREC Architects. Soon, Power Construction will swarm the site, which got its foundation permit back on June 21, and progress will start going vertical.

Hoxton Chicago hotel

A rendering of the Hoxton Chicago hotel from Ennismore.

Hoxton Chicago hotel

The tower crane permit, issued August

 

BREAKING NEWS: One Bennett Park keeps growing taller

One Bennett Park

Staring up at the two tower cranes atop Streeterville’s One Bennett Park.

Maybe file this one in the “not surprising news” column, because if there’s one thing you can count on with 69-story towers, it’s that they’ll grow high.

One Bennett Park continues to do just that in Streeterville. How do I know? There are two tell-tale signs of tall buildings. First, the more it hurts your neck to see the top, the taller they are. Second, if most of your progress photos have to be in portrait mode instead of landscape, then you’re looking at a relatively tall building. It’s science.