It’s not very often we get a status update from inside a construction site. There are lots of reasons for this. Construction crews have better things to do than make way for camera-clicking bloggers, the insurance paperwork can be a real pain depending on which construction company is doing the work, and frankly most construction sites don’t carry 4XLT orange safety vests as standard equipment.
But Paul Kulon did manage to get inside of Wolf Point West (350 North Orleans Street) recently as part of an event organized by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat and led by McHugh Construction. He got to see first-hand the work going on there and shares these thoughts with us:
The building sits lightly on the ground on the [pilings] so you can see the river, there is an opportunity for a really nice river front here.
…someone joked that the pool is small almost a jaccuzi. The building was still raw at 41st floor but coming together down on floor 10. The units struck me as tiny, like mirco units, something I see in manhattan but not as efficiently designed. The sinks and baths seemed average. These units are supposed to be 3 to 4 dollars a square foot.
It is basically a glass box but seems pretty well executed on the outside. Much more appealing to me from the outside than the inside.
Hopefully the finished product will do a better job of impressing customers, though based on its location and market conditions, it should fill up fast. We’ll reserve judgement until we read a typically no-holds-barred review from Joe over at YoChicago. Until then, here are some of Paul’s construction photos.