The glass is more than half full at 345 North Morgan

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Glass climbs the topped-out and craneless 345 North Morgan

345 North Morgan, viewed from Halsted Street.

The tower crane is gone, but work hasn’t skipped a beat at 345 North Morgan in the Fulton Market District.

Sterling Bay’s latest boutique office building is installing windows on what is shaping up to be my favorite new building for nighttime views. And I say that having only been there on sunny days. But mark my words; this is one of those sites you’ll want to get to just as it gets dark at night with the interior lights shining brightly.

345 North Morgan is a ten-story, 200,000-square-foot office building designed by Chicago’s own Eckenhoff Saunders Skender is the general contractor. Their task, along with Adjustable Concrete Construction on concrete, is to have this office building ready for tenants before we close the door on 2022.

The old 345 North Morgan, taken from the original B.U.C. HQ in the West Loop.
Demolition wrapping up, December 16, 2019.
Stalworth Underground doing caisson work, 08/31/2021

It wasn’t until I looked up the permit history that I remembered 345 having a little trouble getting started. Of course, over the past 24 months, who among us *hasn’t* had a little trouble getting started. The old paint store at 345 North Morgan got a demolition permit on December 5 of 2019. (I still have an unfinished draft that I started in January of 2020.) The foundation permit for the new building was next, issued March 12, 2020. But then things went idle for awhile before caisson work began in August of last summer. The full build permit was issued in June of 2021, and the tower crane was permitted on September 3. And here we are.

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345 North Morgan lands its full-build permit

Eckenhoff Saunders rendering

It’s been almost 15 months since foundation and tower crane permits were issued for Sterling Bay’s 345 North Morgan, an 11-story, 230,000-square-foot office building in the nearly-impossible-to-keep-up-with Fulton Market District. That’s a looong time to wait on a tower crane.

But Monday, the full building permit was issued for this one, so we’re keeping crossed fingers that Three Four Five will get started soon.

Located next door to Sterling Bay’s Ace Hotel, and across the street from their Google offices at 1KFulton, 345 North Morgan will include ground-floor retail space and parking spots for 34 cars, according to that aforementioned permit.

Eckenhoff Saunders Architects is the design architect on 345. Skender Construction is designated as the general contractor.

Still work to do at the topped-out 609 West Randolph

609 West Randolph topped out earlier this month, but there’s still a lot of work to accomplish for Skender. As proof of that, I’ll share some photos taken May 17 and 21.

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Skender tops out 609 West Randolph

That didn’t take long at all.

Skender took to Twitter Friday to announce the topping-out of 609 West Randolph in the West Loop.

Design architect Antunovich Associates was all over the ceremonial news as well, and much earlier. I saw this post and thought “Already? That can’t be right.” So, my apologies to everyone at Antunovich.

Heck, I was there that day (and a couple days before that), and I had no idea topping out was imminent. Nice work by everyone involved. Fast work, too.

Next milestone to come: Glass.

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More drone video! Adjustable Concrete soars over 609 West Randolph

Screenshot of Adjustable Concrete’s drone video post.

https://www.instagram.com/p/COTQE51hrVU/?igshid=6w19acigdqal

Flying is so much better than walking on the sidewalk, don’t you think?

Shout-out to Adjustable Concrete for sharing the drone video above of their pouring cycle at 609 West Randolph.

A couple long-distance shots of on-going work as well:

609 West Randolph scores its hoist permit

Skender is sending 609 West Randolph vertical.

Another day, another hoist, as 609 West Randolph gets a permit to attach a hoist over in the West Loop.

609 W Randolph got its tower crane permit just before Christmas 2020, and the foundation permit followed in January.

First Visit: 609 West Randolph plants a crane, begins ascent

601 West Randolph awaits its new neighbor and business partner

Bye bye tired surface parking lot, stick around 1890s four-story boutique loft building, and hello new 15-story office tower.

609 West Randolph is coming to, and staying in, the West Loop. Vista Property Group is putting up an new 15-story office building while preserving and integrating the small structure at 601 W Randolph. Skender is tasked with bringing the Antunovich Associates vision to life.

609 W Randolph got its tower crane permit just before Christmas 2020, and the foundation permit followed in January.

Stuff That’s Done: Hyatt House West Loop

Hyatt House Chicago West Loop, 105 North May Street.

For awhile there, it was difficult to find overnight accommodations in the West Loop. That’s changed dramatically over the past year or two. (Big shock, right? Everything has changed dramatically around here in the past year or two. Hotels, office space, apartments, condos, restaurants. What a time to be alive in the West Loop.)

One new hotel option is the Hyatt House Chicago, now open at 105 North May Street.

Construction work by Skender began in Spring 2018. It opened in June 2019.

Sterling Bay developed the 16-story hotel, which offers about 200 rooms, conveniently located less than a block from the new McDonald’s HQ. Designed by Chicago firm Eckenhoff Saunders Architects, Hyatt House brought nearly 200 guest rooms to the neighborhood.