I recently had the opportunity to visit two of our projects under construction within one week! Anyone who wonders why Architects do what they do despite the apparent lack of a monster paycheck just doesn't understand the inherent desire to design, construct and experience the built environment. It is the lifeblood of each and every Architect, Engineer and Designer on the planet.
While visiting our Chicago office, we were given a tour of the Trump International Hotel and Tower project along the Chicago River on Michigan Avenue. You might remember this project as the assignment of choice by Bill Rancic, the winner of the first season of NBC's "The Apprentice" with Donald Trump. As of my visit, construction has been completed to about the 30th floor out of 92. It's a concrete structure using PERI formwork. In the slideshow, you'll see some of the rebar cages for columns staged on one of the setback terraces for the construction above as well as the impressive hotel room views of the Chicago River. An interesting design feature is the curtain wall enclosure of the double-helix garage ramps at the rear entrance of the building.
Back home in New York, I attended the topping-out ceremony for the 101 Warren Street project, located just north of the World Trade Center site and 7 World Trade Center. Like Trump Tower, this project is also comprised of a concrete structure; however, it is being erected with more traditional formwork. It was interesting to see both projects within such a short time span.