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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
Chicago’s newest tower crane, at Hyatt House in the West Loop, gets a hand from the moon on Tuesday.
The Hyatt House tower crane as of Tuesday evening. Hmm. It’s regressed. That’s okay; I’m counting it anyway.
If this post had been written for May 1, Chicago would have had 29 tower cranes in the air. But things have changed in the first week or so of the month. Already in May, we’ve lost tower cranes at The Van Buren in the West Loop, and at Eight Eleven Uptown. But past is past, and now is now, so let’s look at the 28 we do have, including one–at Hyatt House in the West Loop–that was still being erected Tuesday.
***Expect another crane in the air in the very near future, as 5252 South Cornell is about to go up, followed soon thereafter by 333 North Green.
New since the March Survey:
Hyatt House West Loop
180 North Ada
1201 West Lake
GEMS World Academy Upper School
Three Sixty West
Gone since the March Survey:
The Van Buren
Eight Eleven Uptown
Addison & Clark
Wicker Park Connection
465 North Park
Who has tower cranes:
Lendlease – 4
W.E. O’Neil – 4
McHugh – 4
Power – 4
Walsh – 2
Leopardo – 2
Eight general contractors have one tower crane apiece: Skender (Hyatt House West Loop); Centaur (Glad to see you back! Nobu Hotel); Macon (Hayden West Loop); Onni Group (Atrium Village Phase 2); Maris (Three Sixty West); M.A. Mortenson (Home2 Suites River North); Pepper (UIC Harrison Hall); DLG (3833 North Broadway)
Where are the tower cranes:
West Loop – 8
South Loop – 4
River North – 4
Lakeshore East – 3
Lincoln Park – 3
Streeterville – 2
Four neighborhoods have one tower crane apiece: Lake View (3833 North Broadway; University Village (UIC Harrison Hall); Gold Coast (61 East Banks); Near North (Atrium Village Phase Two)
What are they building:
Residential – 18
Hotel – 6
Office – 2
Education – 2
5252 South Cornell
1201 East 60th
333 North Green
Hayden West Loop (1109 West Washington)
180 North Ada
210 North Carpenter
727 West Madison
1201 West Lake
Nobu Hotel (854 West Randolph)
Hoxton Chicago (200 North Green)
Hyatt House West Loop Mooncrane (105 North May)
NEMA Chicago ( Formerly One Grant Park, 1200 South Indiana)
The Paragon Chicago (1326 South Michigan)
Hilton Homewood Suites/Hilton Garden Inn (1101 South Wabash)
Essex on the Park (808 South Michigan)
Home2 Suites River North (110 West Huron)
Wolf Point East (343 Wolf Point Plaza)
Renelle on the River (403 North Wabash)
Three Sixty West (360 West Erie)
Vista Tower (363 & 401 East Wacker)
GEMS World Academy Upper School (355 East Wacker)
The Lincoln Common (2335 & 2345 North Lincoln)
Belmont Senior Living (700 West Fullerton)
One Bennett Park (451 East Grand)
3833 North Broadway
UIC Harrison Hall
61 East Banks
Atrium Village Phase 2 (202 West Hill)
The four cranes of One Vista Bennett Tower (address undetermined)
A tower crane at half-mast; you know a tower is nearing completion.
Remember when the stub photobombed groundbreaking ceremony? (Photo courtesy 465 North Park)
A year and a half after being put into service above Streeterville, the tower crane at 465 North Park came down last week. Power Construction used it to erect the 48-story, 444-unit apartment tower by Pappageorge Haymes Partners for Jupiter Realty, but with the exterior topped out and glazed, it’s time to concentrate on getting interiors ready for the anticipated opening later this year.
You can reminisce about tower crane assembly at this link, then check out the gallery of the crane coming down below.