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A Sikorsky S-64 put in a very noisy appearance along the Chicago river Saturday. There were some last bits of metal to be hauled up to the roof of 111 West Wacker. The building was topped out last October, the tall red crane that had clung to its full height dismantled the following month. So if it was too big for the freight elevator, bring in the copter.
The airlift was kind of an impromptu celebration of one of the more remarkable turnarounds in Chicago construction history. 111 West Wacker started out all the way back in 2006 as Waterview, an 80-story tower combining a four-star Shangri-La Hotel with luxury condos. The projects architects/engineers - Teng and Associates - made the fatal mistake of deciding to also be the developer. Bad move. Construction halted when continuing financing failed to materialize and checks stopped clearing, and the 2008 economic crash sent the structure into what seemed to be an game-ending code blue, leaving behind bare concrete bones truncated at the 25th floor.
second groundbreaking ceremony was held in November of 2012 - on the 28th floor.
Although the company has also recently completed a new apartment tower at 500 North Lake Shore Drive, Related Midwest is kind of the hermit crab of Chicago development. They've been assigned to develop a plan for the historic Lathrop Homes public housing site. In addition to 111 West Wacker, Related took on three failed condo buildings in the Central Station development designed by Pappageorge Haymes, with all the buildings rebranded. Museum Park Place 2 became Harbor View, One Museum Park West became The Grant, and 1600 Museum Park, the most irremediably lunkish of the designs, rechristened Adler Place.
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