A few months ago I went on a site visit to see the construction progress of one our firms projects, 150 N Riverside. This project is unique in that the buildings footprint is minimized to respond to the unique site conditions: a train line still running underground to the west of the site, and the river set back on the east. This will be a short blog of pictures I took during the construction site visit.
The image above is taken above showing the structure and visualized completion of this project. The core to height ratio is 1:20, so the core can safely sustain the loads of this building.
We took a construction elevator to the very top of the building and began our tour from top to bottom.
Most of the floor plates were empty, there were only a few floors which have begun interior construction.
Large portions of facades on the south side of the building were still under construction during our visit, so we could peek through the openings and imagine what it would be like to fall down from this height. I also wondered whether those wooden planks offered any structural support to the construction? or where they just there to block things from falling down.
I personally think the undulating facade could be more bold, because it was a bit too subtle to notice it at first glance.
In conclusion, I really enjoyed touring this building, and experiencing the construction phase of this project even though I was not part of designing this building. I think this is probably the most well known building in Chicago designed by our firm, other than the Blue cross Blue shield building. I don't really know too much of the technical details of this building to be able to share it accurately here, but please feel free to ask me any questions! Thanks again for stopping by and visiting my blog!