10/6/2017 Update – SMASH Residential

Photos of 444 Social –Pre-Cast Crain being assembled for East Garage & Progress with West Parking Foundations

9/29/2017 Update – SMASH Residential

Progress on 444 Social from 9/29/17

8/3/2017 Update – SMASH Residential

Please enjoy the short construction progress video taken today from a drone above our Lincolnshire apartment development.

You will notice that the entire old southern Regal Parking lot has been completely removed and regraded. Our excavator has begun building all the site pads for the apartment buildings and the site pads for the two parking decks.

Much of the underground water, sanitary and sewer pipes for the new apartment property has already been installed.

In addition, we have commenced installing the 1,300 “Geo Piers” which is the underground soil stabilization system that will support the spread foundations which will then be constructed immediately above the Geo Piers. You can see a close up of one of the Geo Piers being installed in the still photograph attached to this e-mail.

6/22/2017 Update – SMASH Residential

Here are some recent photographs of some of the on-going work occurring at the construction site for SMASH Residential:

What you see in the photographs involves laying the water mains, fire hydrants, and other equipment involved in installing the water distribution for the new apartment community. This work shown in the photographs involves digging new trenches around the site, laying new water mains piping, installing a series of new water main, shut off values, and also setting a new ring of fire hydrants.

In addition to the entire new ring of water mains and public water supply system, there are photographs of the storm water collection piping being installed on-site, which is attached to storm basins and then, finally, all the new storm water basins are connected to the storm water detention pond, that is adjacent to the apartment site.

We will be posting many more photographs in the next several weeks of the continued progress with construction.

5/24/2017 Update – Hotel EMC2

WE OPENED!! Lucky to have such a great team for opening day!

4/4/2017 Update – SMASH Residential

We were digging test pits in the areas at SMASH Residential that we will shortly start to install “Geo-Piers”, which is soil strengthening system, which will support the foundations for the apartment buildings.

Representatives from “Geo-Piers” and our grounding engineering consultants where on hand to observe the outcome of these tests.

12/7/2016 Update – SMASH Residential

Activity on the SMASH Residential Construction site on December 7th includes, commencement pour foundations, reinforcement of concrete brick wall in preparation for new wall construction, and crushing broken site concrete.

11/17/2016 Update – SMASH Residential

SMASH Residential area being physically separated from theater property.

Demolition of south wing of theater to make toom for SMASH Residential buildings.

10/7/2016 Update – Construction Kickoff 

8/12/2016 Update

Construction progress is excellent at Hotel EMC2. Right on schedule. This week, we have completed pouring the roof of the mechanical penthouse of the building.

Eighty percent of the glass for the entire building has arrived for the window openings and it has been stocked on several floors for now.

Rough in electrical, plumbing, HVAC is well underway in 14 flours of the building.

Window frames have started to be added to some of the openings in the buildings. Also, non window openings to the building are being closed in.

Elevator cabs have been constructed and are operating. Elevator railings to carry the elevators have reached the 15th floor of the building.

In a couple more weeks, the crain will be removed from the building.

All indications are we are on track to open on schedule in April 2017 (or before).

7/12/2016 Update

Photo Construction Update for Hotel EMC2 (Chicago Marriott Autograph).

Pouring concrete on 18th floor of the building. In a couple more weeks, we will be toped out.

Room stud walls are being installed on first five residential floors.

Main electrical, plumbing, HVAC work beginning on lower five floors of the building.

Elevator company installing rails to carry the elevator cabs.

6/6/2016 Update

We are making outstanding progress with construction.

The building is flying up.

Last week, we begun forming the 10th floor of the hotel. The elevator and stairwell walls are always being formed two floor ahead.

While not shown in the photos, permanent power raceways are being connected to Common Wealth Edison.

You can always watch the live webcam feed to watch the live construction at:

5/12/2016 Update

5/12/2016 Construction Update Photos of Chicago Marriott Autograph Hotel. Today, we poured concrete on fifth floor. The contractor expects to complete another floor every three days. We are schedule to hit floor 22 by the end of July. Seen in the fifth floor form are the post tension steal cables that are used to strengthen the concrete slab. Photos in the basement show welders removing the steal bracing that was used for the earth retention when the basement was being constructed.

4/26/2016 Update

Here are some of the latest photos of construction of the Downtown Chicago Marriott Autograph project.
The first two photos found to the right is the wooden form that will  be poured with concrete to create the diagonal concrete truss support which will hold up the exterior front wall of the building from floors six through 21.
The rest of the attached photos are of the construction work that is taking place to construct the concrete form that will become the fourth floor of the hotel, once the concrete is poured.

4/11/2016 Update

Notice in the attached photos that we are forming and pouring the walls, columns, elevator shafts, shear walls of parts of the third/fourth and even fifth floors all at the same time.

In the photographs, you see that the contractor has started creating the forms for the fourth floor of the hotel, while, at the same site they are forming the fifth floor elevator shafts and shear walls.

3/21/2016 Update

Since our last photo update, the first concrete floor has been poured. The Contractor is well along with forming and pouring the exterior concrete first floor walls. Also, the Contractor is shown constructing the vertical columns that will eventually support the second and third floor of the building.

On the left hand side of the first photo, you can see the concrete “Shear Walls” being formed and built. These “Shear Walls” are vertical concrete walls that extend from the basement to top of the building. “Shear Walls” are needed in the building to resist forces like wind that would otherwise cause the 21 story building to sway.

3/10/2016 Update

Since the basement concrete and columns are complete in the Marriott Autograph Hotel, you can see the wood form is being built that creates the surface over which the the first floor concrete will be poured next week.

Workers are shown building the steel rebar lattice which is eventually encased inside the concrete beams and floor of the first floor of the building.

Also, there is a picture of the large backup generator that was already lowered into its final location in the basement of the building. To protect the generator until it will eventually be connected to the building’s electrical, heavy plastic is covering the machine.

1/29/2016 Update

In the photos, you can see the progress with the construction of the large concrete grade beams that have been built. The concrete and steal grade beams structurally tie together the deep foundations below the surface.

12/10/2015 Update

These photos are take from minus 20 feet below grade for the hotel. We have reached the bottom of the escalation at this level.

Step by step, the iron workers in the picture are completing the construction of the two level steel bracing system that holds the steel sheeting into place.

11/9/2015 Update

Today, I thought I would share some of today’s smooth progress on the basement sheeting operation at our Downtown Marriott Autograph Hotel.

Please find below a few pictures from this phase of construction.

The equipment and manpower seen in these pictures is pushing 21 foot tall sheets of metal deep into the ground at the perimeter property line.

The purpose of this operation is to build an underground metal ring wall. Once the underground metal sheets are in place, the contractor can safely remove 21 feet of dirt from what will become the basement of the building without the risk having the exterior walls cave in.