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.

A March 2021 Update at Salesforce Tower

Wolf Point, in all its glassy glory, is getting its third tower.

Call it Salesforce Tower, 333 Wolf Point Plaza, or Wolf Point South. Whichever you choose, Chicago will know exactly what you mean, as the third member of the Wolf Point power trio starts making its mark along the Chicago River.

Third member of the Wolf Point Trio is on the rise

The elevator core at Wolf Point South, aka Salesforce Tower.

There’s an impressive concrete core jutting out of Wolf Point these days, as Walsh Construction begins to make Salesforce Tower a reality. It’s okay to dream about renting office space here, right next door to dreaming about renting an apartment at Wolf Point East. You know, to change up the viewing angles a bit. Best commute ever.

Walsh Construction erects a tower crane at Salesforce Tower (Wolf Point South)

Shoutouts:

Design Architect: Pelli Clarke Pelli

General Contractor: Walsh Construction 

Developer: Hines 

 

 

318 North Carpenter gets its glass in gear

Raise a glass to 3158 North Carpenter.

Seven-story office buildings tend to get built pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you might miss them. Ferris Bueller taught us that. As soon as you walk away from 318 North Carpenter, GC The Big Green W will have made significant progress again by the time you walk around the next corner.

Walsh has now hit the next milestone; the first row of glass has been installed on the 2nd floor of the north and east façades. Construction has also reached the underside of the 7th floor, so this one’s also getting close to topping out. Like I said, stop and look around.

Keep in mind, Murphy Development Group is planning to open 318 North Carpenter  this summer, so time matters.

Catching up on Wolf Point East

Screen grab from the OxBlue construction cam at Wolf Point East.

This is embarrassing.

How many times have I walked by, and stopped at, the Wolf Point East construction site? If you guessed between 6,000 and 74 gazillion, you’re close. So how had I not figured out there was an OxBlue webcam aimed at the now-topped-off-and-craneless tower this whole time?

Wolf Point East, of course, is the second of three towers being built at the northeast corner of the Chicago River Triangle, if indeed a triangle can have a northwest corner. Developed by Hines in cooperation with the Kennedy family, Wolf Point East is bringing 700 rental units to the River North neighborhood. The 60-story tower will also include 200 parking spaces and 3,600 square feet of retail space.

Pelli Calrke Pelli is the design architect; Pappageorge Haymes Partners is the architect of record. That’s The Big Green W out there on the build. (Remember the trestle bridge?!)

Sorry, January 26, 2020 was a very grey day: