Chicago Spire Caisson Construction

February 4th, 2008 | Tags:

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The Chicago Spire is a supertall skyscraper under construction in Chicago, Illinois. The skyscraper will become North America’s tallest free-standing structure and the world’s tallest all-residential building, eventually standing taller than Chicago’s Sears Tower and New York’s upcoming Freedom Tower, as well as Toronto’s CN Tower.




The building was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and is being developed by Garrett Kelleher of Shelbourne Development Group, Inc. The Chicago Spire is scheduled to be completed in 2011 with 150 floors.

Originally announced in July of 2005 by Christopher T. Carley of the Fordham Company, the project was supported by many Chicagoans and city officials. After several months of development, Carley failed to acquire necessary financing and the project was taken over by Garrett Kelleher of the Shelbourne Development Group. Three major revisions have been made since that time.

Work began in June 2007 and in preparation, a cofferdam over 100ft wide and 120 ft deep will be installed that will later act as a foundation for the building. These are some photos of the early stage of construction. And all I can say is – that’s a big hole. In the background of the last photo, the Trump Tower construction can be seen in the background.

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  1. max
    October 19th, 2008 at 20:07
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    the spire is gonna kick new york out of the tower race. then after the spire we are gonna whop dubai with some new tower.

  2. January 2nd, 2009 at 01:49
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    Several things:

    Santiago Caltrava i Valls, belong not from Spanish cultura. He’s from Catalan culture. As well as Antoni Gaudí i Cornet (born in Reus town).

    The form of Chicago Spire Caisson is same the salomonic column of the ‘Llotja of València’ in the our city. Gothyc style.

    Santiago is my friend, too.

    Yours sincerely

  3. logan
    April 24th, 2009 at 23:54
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    you may think that the circle thing will be tall, but the freedom tower in new york will show, and remember what happend on 9 11 and will never be forgotten it will be 1776 feet tall right next to the old trade centers

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