Saturday, November 23, 2013

A Preview: The new Jones College Prep at Night, plus image updates for the Hilton Garden Inn.

Yesterday, in his newsletter to constituents, 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly released a link to high-res renderings of the Hilton Garden Inn project on East Wacker, so we've updated our own report from this week,  adding floor plans and the section you see above.  Crain's Chicago Business used our interview with Reilly as the basis for their Thursday story on National Association of Realtors proposal for a new tower on North Michigan..  Read: Alderman Reilly Puts the Brakes on the Realtors, plus What's Up With that Shear Wall at the Hilton Garden Inn?
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Last night, I had an amazing tour of the new William Jones College Preparatory High on South State Street with Perkins+Will's Ralph Johnson and Bryan Schabel, Chicago Public Building Commission Executive Director Erin Lavin Cabonargi, and Jones Principal Dr. Joseph Powers, who were all extremely generous with their time.  The new Jones is the quintessential urban school, with its large expanses of windows and multiple terraces taking often spectacular advantage of the South Loop cityscape that surrounds it.  Dr. Powers provided an especially rich insight into how the building functions in actual day-to-day use.  I hope to be writing an extensive report in the new few weeks, but to whet your appetite, here are just a few photos from last night . . .


Our forthcoming overview will be copiously illustrated.  We took a lot of pictures, some of them actually in focus.  You can also see a great timeline photoset of the project in daylight, from drilling caissons to completion, on the PBC website here.

1 comment:

jelly andrews said...

Wow! Those photos are really cool. And you really capture great views. But are these photos all taken from William Jones College Preparatory High?