A Salesforce Tower overview (mostly)

This past weekend, Open House Chicago gave the public access to the 55th floor of 110 North Wacker. That’s a vantage point most of us rarely see without ponying up the dough to visit an observation deck.

Very few of you will be surprised to learn I took advantage of that vantage by snapping a ton of pics of Salesforce Tower. (I took a few from the ground too.) Hey you go.

Glass update at Salesforce Tower

This update on Salesforce Tower is simple: Walsh Construction continues their curtain wall installation at Hines’ 60-story office tower at Wolf Point on the Chicago River, all while the tower keeps shooting skyward. I see about 30 levels of steel, and 36 levels of core. (Not a scientific poll.)

And now, photos:

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More glass, more bridge lifts, more Salesforce Tower

Why not. It’s been a couple weeks.

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A Sunny-day update from Salesforce Tower

The first row of glass. A bridge lift for the spring boat run. Sunshine and blue sky with a few wispy clouds. Wednesday had it all. Salesforce Tower continues to put on a show.

If you can’t make it to the Riverwalk (the big comfy chairs are back on the lawn!) here are a few photos to get you caught up on Walsh Construction’s progress. (LOL. “a few”)

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BREAKING (not literally, but): Salesforce Tower has glass

This is important; you all need to hear it. You do not need a reason to share photos of Salesforce Tower construction. But for those of you who appreciate a good milestone, we’ve got one for you.

It’s another milestone in the construction chronology of Wolf Point South. 333 Wolf Point. Salesforce Tower. The first row of curtain wall has arrived on the north façade. Yeah, don’t look for it from the river (though the views from there are still spectacular.) You’ll have to walk around Wolf Point Plaza to see it. Until, obviously, it starts wrapping ’round the rest of the tower.

Thank goodness for Spring Bridge Lifts. That was the main reason I got off the train at Merchandise Mart. The glass was a surprise. It made me miss the Lake Street Bridge lift, but I forgive easily.

Enjoy the fresh glass. I’ll post photos of the rest of the tower Thursday.

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Because it’s been a minute since I posted from Salesforce Tower construction…

Salesforce Tower and Wolf Point, May 2021

I know many of you are in your homes, your cars, your offices, thinking “What does Salesforce Tower construction look like now? And how about now? Okay, and now?” It is for you, unable to get to Wolf Point on an hourly basis like I do, that I post some more pics of The Big Green W at work, taken in the sunshine over the course of the past week or so.

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Progress Update: AMLI 808 at 808 North Wells

This was AMLI 808 back in July. It looks nothing like this now. Because progress.

Today in developments I’ve neglected, we feature AMLI 808, a new rental tower in the Near North neighborhood from AMLI Residential.

AMLI 808 is a 16-story tower at the corner of Chicago Avenue and Wells street bringing 318 apartments to town. NORR and Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture have shared the design duties, while The Big Green W is taking care of the build.

The official string of permits for this development started in February of last year, when a demolition permit was issued to remove the single-story structure on the site originally intended to be the sales center for a never-started residential tower here. Once that was out of the way, the foundation and tower-crane permits were issued in March 2020, with the full-build permit following in April.

Studio to two-bedroom apartments at AMLI 808 will be available for tenants to move in starting in July.

932 W Randolph tops out (its only three stories) in Fulton Market

932 West Randolph

“Modest” doesn’t describe much as far as development goes in the West Loop/Futon Market arena. But this one applies.

932 West Randolph is a modest mixed-use building going up on the corner of Randolph and Sangamon, replacing a modest MB Bank building. L3 Capital is the developer. Here’s what they have to say:

L3 Capital purchased the former MB Bank in October 2019 and immediately began the design and development process to replace the existing 13,351 square foot bank and adjacent parking lot with a 35,000 square foot mixed-use building with 10,000 square feet of prime retail space below two floors of boutique office. The brick and steel building, designed specifically to pay homage to the Fulton Market neighborhood’s industrial roots, will reuse the structural elements of the existing three-story bank to both reduce costs and construction waste. Construction is underway and the Property will be delivered in Q4 2021.

OKW Architects did the design. Walsh Construction is on the build.

Here’s a modest gallery of construction photos:

Up close and personal with Salesforce Tower

Salesforce Tower is one of those construction sites you can just about stand directly beneath and watch it grow. When you can’t get high enough to look down on it, this is the next best thing. You can practically climb into the belly of the beast itself, with 270 degrees of viewing potential around the base. Grab a kayak and you’ve got a full 360-degree range.